Capture of Gibraltar

21st July 1704 - 23rd July 1704
Part of : War of Spanish Succession (1701 - 1714)
Previous action : Action of 1704-03-12 12th March 1704
Next action : Battle of Malaga 13th August 1704


Allied (Dutch Republic & Kingdom of England) - Sir George Rooke

British Main Division, George Byng

To attack the town and the south bastion.

Ship NameGunsCommanderNotes
Monmouth (64) 64John Baker
Suffolk (70) 70Robert Kirktown
Essex (70) 70John Hubbard
Ranelagh (80) 80John CoweSquadron Flagship
Grafton (70) 70John Herne
Montagu (60) 60William Cleveland
Eagle (70) 70Archibald Hamilton
Nottingham (60) 60Samuel Whitaker
Nassau (70) 70Francis Dove
Swiftsure (64) 64Robert Wynn
Dutch Division, G. van der Dussen

To attack the Old Mole

Ship NameGunsCommanderNotes
Wapen van Friesland (58) 58 
Utrecht (64) 64 
Veluwe (66) 66 Squadron Flagship
Prinses Amelia (64) 64 
Veere (60) 60Philip Schriver
Katwijk op Zee (72) 72 
British Second Division

To attack the new mole. Had three Dutch bombs attached.

Ship NameGunsCommanderNotes
Berwick (70) 70Robert Fairfax
Monck (64) 64James Mighells
Burford (70) 70Kerrit Roffey
Kingston (60) 60Edward Acton
Lennox (70) 70Sir William Jumper
Yarmouth (70) 70Jasper Hicks
Rooke's Main Body

Stood off in the Bay and other than the Dorsetshire was unengaged.

During the night of the 22/23rd, Rooke, to make some diversion while Byng's squadron warped into position, ordered Captain Edward Whitaker, of the Dorsetshire, to man and arm boats, and to destroy a French vessel that lay within the Old Mole.

Ship NameGunsCommanderNotes
Royal Katherine (96) 96John FletcherFleet Flagship
Dorsetshire (80) 80Edward Whitaker

Allied (Royaume de France & Spain)

Unknown Division
Ship NameGunsCommanderNotes



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