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Action of 1692-02-22

22nd February 1691/92 (1692/03/03 NS)
Part of : War of the Grand Alliance (1688 - 1697)
Previous action : Attack of 1692/01/30 30.1.1692
Next action : Battle of Barfleur 19.5.1692

 

Kingdom of England

 
The British Squadron,
Ralph WrennBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1672-1688
Ship NameCommanderNotes
Norwich (54) 1691-1692
British 54 Gun
4th Rate Ship of the Line
Ralph WrennBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1672-1688
Fleet Flagship
Mary (60) 1688-1703
British 60 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
Richard WyattBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1692-1703
Mordaunt (48) 1682-1693
British 48 Gun
4th Rate Ship of the Line
Henry BotelerBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1672-1693
Diamond (46) 1652-1693
British 46 Gun
4th Rate Ship of the Line
Christopher MaundBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1682-1692
Antelope (52) 1653-1693
British 52 Gun
4th Rate Ship of the Line
1660 Renamed "Antelope"
Henry WickhamBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1685-1693
 

Royaume de France

 
The French Squadron,
Charles de Courbon-Blénac (1st Comte de Blénac)French
Naval Sailor
Administrator
Service 1670-1693
Ship NameCommanderNotes
Le Vermandois (60) 1684-1721
French 60 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
Louis de LévyFrench
Naval Sailor
Service 1373-1692
Fleet Flagship
Le Vaillant (50) 1691-1698
French 50 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
 
 
 

Notes on Action


PreambleTRN2
"ere the Commodore could reach Jamaica, he fell in, on February 21st 1692, off the island of Desirade, with the entire squadron of De La Roche-Courbon-Blenac, consisting of eighteen men-of-war, mounting from forty to sixty guns apiece, two fireships, and five or six small craft"
Other vessels presentTRN2
The English squadron included two armed merchantmen, the English Frigate and one other
Description of the ActionTRN2
"Wrenn had to bear away to leeward to range his ships in order of battle, with the convoy to leeward of them. The French were within gunshot all night, but did not attack. On the morning of the 22nd, the enemy having a fresh gale but some of the English vessels being almost becalmed, the French bore down and engaged at 8 A.M. The Mary was much pressed by four opponents, but was ultimately relieved by the Norwich. The Mordaunt and England Frigate (Stubbs, master) were also at one time completely surrounded, but fought their way clear. The action continued for four hours, and then ended gradually, as the Commodore began his withdrawal in good order to the southward. He lost no ship; and, although he was obliged to return to Barbados instead of prosecuting his voyage to Jamaica, he had every cause to congratulate himself upon the manner in which he had behaved in the face of an enemy of thrice his force. He reached Carlisle Bay on February 25th, but, unhappily, died on March 26th following. Part of the squadron, under Captain Boteler, who transferred his pennant to the Mary, sailed for England in June."


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