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Battle of Marbella

Battle of Cabrita Point

10th March 1704/5
Part of : War of Spanish Succession (1701 - 1714)
Previous action : Worcester vs Jason 1.1705
Next action : Action of 1706/04/13 13.4.1706

On the 10th of March, when off Cabrita point, five large ships were observed at daylight standing out of the bay, which were immediately chased by Sir Thomas Dilkes, in the Revenge, with the Newcastle, Antelope, Expedition, and a Dutch ship, followed by the remainder of the squadron. The French squadron made at first for the Barbary shore; but finding Sir Thomas Dilkes to be gaining in the chase, the French ships tacked, and stood in for the Spanish coast.

At nine o'clock the chasing ships having arrived up with, captured the Arrogant, a French ship of 60 guns. The Magnanime, 74, on board which was Admiral Pontis, and
the Fleur-de-lis, 86, made a good resistance, but were at length driven on shore to the westward of Morbella, and totally destroyed. The Magnanime took the ground with
such force, that all her masts went over the side, and she bilged almost immediately. The small portion of her which remained above water was set on fire by the French
before quitting her. The fourth French ship, the Ardente, 66, and the fifth, the Marquis, 56, were captured by two Dutch ships. His squadron having succeeded in relieving
Gibraltar from the presence of the French fleet (the remaining ships of it having sailed to Toulon), and having captured several merchant ships, Sir John Leake returned to Lisbon.

 

Allied (Dutch Republic, Portugal & Kingdom of England) -
Sir John LeakeBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1688-1712

 
Allied Fleet

A squadron of 23 English, eight Portuguese and four Dutch

Ship NameCommanderNotes
Revenge (70) 1699-1745
British 70 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
1711 Renamed "Buckingham"
Gerard EllwesBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1688-1711
Expedition (70) 1699-1709
British 70 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
 
Warspite (64) 1703-1721
British 64 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
1716 Renamed "Edinburgh"
Charles StricklandBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1695-1724
Pembroke (60) 1694-1710
British 60 Gun
4th Rate Ship of the Line
Robert ArrisBritish
Naval Sailor
Administrator
Service 1696-1720
Canterbury (60) 1693-1720
British 60 Gun
4th Rate Ship of the Line
Sir George WaltonBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1690-1736
Nottingham (60) 1703-1716
British 60 Gun
4th Rate Ship of the Line
 
Antelope (54) 1703-1738
British 54 Gun
4th Rate Ship of the Line
Philip CavendishBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1695-1743
Leopard (54) 1703-1719
British 54 Gun
4th Rate Ship of the Line
James MoneypennyBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1697-1717
Overijssel (52) 1696-1728
Dutch 52 Gun
4th Rate Ship of the Line
 
Newcastle (50) 1704-1728
British 50 Gun
4th Rate Ship of the Line
Vincent CutterBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1694-1710
 

Royaume de France

 
French Squadron
Ship NameCommanderNotes
Le Lys (84) 1691-1705
French 84 Gun
2nd Rate Ship of the Line
 
Le Magnanime (76) 1673-1705
French 76 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
 
L'Ardent (66) 1680-1705
French 66 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
  Captured
Le Marquis (60) 1685-1705
French 60 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
  Captured
L'Arrogant (58) 1682-1705
French 58 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
 
 

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