Action of 1692-02-22

22nd February 1691/92
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 Wrenn (d.1692)
Ship NameCommanderNotes
Norwich (54) Ralph Wrenn (d.1692)Fleet Flagship
Mary (60) Richard Wyatt (d.1703)
Mordaunt (48) Henry Boteler
Diamond (46) Christopher Maund (d.1691/92)
Antelope (52) Henry Wickham

Royaume de France

The French Squadron, Charles de Courbon-Blénac (1st Comte de Blénac) (1622-1696)
Ship NameCommanderNotes
Le Vermandois (60) Louis de Lévy (1650-1703)Fleet Flagship
Vaillant (50)  
La Légère (40)  

Notes on Action

"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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