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 Leake (1656-1720)

Allied Fleet

A squadron of 23 English, eight Portuguese and four Dutch

Ship NameCommanderNotes
Revenge (70) Gerard Ellwes
Expedition (70)  
Warspite (64) Charles Strickland (d.1724)
Pembroke (60) Robert Arris (d.1719/20)
Canterbury (60) Sir George Walton (1665-1739)
Nottingham (60)  
Antelope (54) Philip Cavendish (d.1743)
Leopard (54) James Moneypenny (d.1723)
Overijssel (52)  
Newcastle (50) Vincent Cutter (d.1710)

Royaume de France

French Squadron
Ship NameCommanderNotes
Magnanime (70)  
L'Ardent (64)   Captured
Le Lys (64)  
Le Marquis (60)   Captured
L'Arrogant (58)  



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