Capture of Gibraltar

21st July 1704 - 23rd July 1704
Part of : War of Spanish Succession (1701 - 1714)
Previous action : Action of 1704-03-12 12.3.1703/4
Next action : Battle of Malaga 13.8.1704

 

Allied (Dutch Republic & Kingdom of England) - Sir George Rooke (1650-1708/9)

 
British Main Division, George Byng (1663/64-1732/33)

To attack the town and the south bastion.

Ship NameCommanderNotes
Monmouth (64) John Baker (1660-1716)
Suffolk (70) Robert Kirktown (d.1718)
Essex (70) John Hubbard (d.1723)
Ranelagh (80) John CoweSquadron Flagship
Grafton (70) Andrew Leake (d.1704)
Montagu (60) William Cleveland
Eagle (70) Archibald Hamilton (c.1673-1754)
Nottingham (60) Samuel Whitaker (d.1707)
Nassau (70) Francis Dove (d.1724/25)
Swiftsure (64)  
 
Dutch Division, G. van der Dussen

To attack the Old Mole

Ship NameCommanderNotes
Wapen van Friesland (58)  
Utrecht (64)  
Veluwe (66)  Squadron Flagship
Prinses Amelia (64)  
Veere (60) Philip Schriver (d.1711)
Katwijk op Zee (72)  
 
British Second Division

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

Ship NameCommanderNotes
Berwick (70)  
Monck (64)  
Burford (70) Kerrit Roffey (d.1716)
Kingston (60) Edward Acton (d.1707)
Lennox (70) Sir William Jumper (d.1714/15)
Yarmouth (70) Jasper Hicks (d.1714)
 
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 NameCommanderNotes
Royal Katherine (96) John Fletcher (d.1704/5)Fleet Flagship
Dorsetshire (80) Edward Whitaker
 

Allied (Royaume de France & Spain)

 
Unknown Division
Ship NameCommanderNotes
 

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