Battle of Paros

8th July 1651 - 10th July 1651
Part of : Cretan War (1645 - 1669)
Previous action : Battle of Focchies 12th May 1649
Next action : 1st Battle of Dardanelles 16th May 1654

The Venetian fleet, under Alvise Mocenigo, sailed from Cerigo to Euboea at the end of June 1651. It consisted of twenty eight sailing ships (under Luca Francesco Barbarigo, with Dolfin and Girolamo Battaglia), six galleasses (Francesco Morosini) and twenty four galleys (Mocenigo, with Molin). There on 2 July he learned that the Turkish fleet under kapudan pasha Hosambegzade ALi Pasha had left Chios for Patmos on 29 June, and sailed south to Santorin, hoping to intercept it before it reached Crete. He arrived on 5 July, and on 7 July the Turkish fleet appeared from the east, sailing to the south of Santorin, but it turned north when it spotted some Venetian stragglers, and Mocenigo tried to support them. Nineteen sailing ships under Battaglia formed a line abreast, but darkness prevented any action from happening that day.


Ottoman Empire - Hosambegzade Ali Pasha

Ottoman Ships

55 sailing ships – 10 or 11 captured

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Ottoman Galleasses

6 galleasses – 1 captured

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Ottoman Galleys

53 galleys

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Venice - Alvise Mocenigo

Venetian Ships, Luca Francesco Barbarigo

27 ships

Ship NameGunsCommanderNotes
San Marco 60 
Sacrificio d’Abraham 36  Dutch
Liocorno Bianco 32  Dutch
Madonna della Vigna 28  Dutch
San Zorzi Grando 28  Dutch
San Pietro 28  Dutch
San Zorzi Piccolo 24 
Aquila d'Oro Unknown  Dutch
Maria Elisabetta Unknown  English
Tomaso Francesco Unknown  English
Arma di Venezia Unknown 
Aquila Negra Unknown 
Beneditione Unknown 
Croce d'Oro Unknown 
Damian Unknown 
Difesa Unknown 
Dragon Unknown 
Frigata Contarena Unknown 
Margarita Unknown 
Principe Piccolo Unknown 
Profeta Daniel Unknown 
Profeta Samuel Unknown 
Ruota Fortuna Unknown 
San Giobbe Unknown 
San Giovanni Battista Unknown  Genovese
Fregata Grimani Unknown 
San Giovanni Battista Unknown 
Venetian Galleasses, Francesco Morosini

6 Galleasses

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Venetian Galleys

24 Galleys

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Notes on Action

The BattleEWIKI

On 8 July, the Venetians were somewhat scattered, with five sailing ships, under Battaglia, close to the Turks. He was unsupported against them until Barbarigo with six sailing ships engaged the Turkish rowing vessels. The Turks retired north, towing some of their sailing ships, toward the channel between Naxos and Paros.

On 9 July, the Venetians were more scattered, with only one sailing ship supporting their galleys, and Mocenigo had to join them with the rest. The Turks were to the north, steering between Paros and Naxos.

On 10 July, two galleasses, under Tomaso and Lazaro Mocenigo, broke formation and attacked some Turkish galleys which were still watering at Paros. They ended up fighting the Kapudan Pasha himself, with six galleasses and some galleys, and Tomaso was killed. Francesco Morosini arrived with the Venetian galleys, and later the Venetian Right and Center joined and the Turkish galleys fled, leacving their sailing ships unsupported. These fled north or east of Naxos, but they were overhauled by the Venetian rowing vessels, which captured, forced them ashore or burnt them. The Turks lost ten or eleven sailing ships and one galleass captured, and five (sailing ships?) burnt, as well as 965 prisoners. Afterward, Mocenigo sailed to Candia, Crete, and the Turks to Rhodes.


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