Battle of Bugia

8th May 1671
Part of : The Third Anglo-Dutch War (1672 - 1674/02)
Next action : Battle of Smyrna Convoy 13.3.1671/72


Kingdom of England

English Squadron, Sir Edward Spragg (d.1673)
Ship NameCommanderNotes
Advice (42)  
Dragon (40) Arthur Herbert (1648-1716)
Garland (22) Francis Courtnay (d.1673)
Little Victory (8) Leonard Harris (d.1680), Henry Williams Fireship - Expended
Mary (54) Daniel Helling (d.1672)
Portsmouth (34) William Coleman (d.1681)
Revenge (58) Sir Edward Spragg (d.1673)Fleet Flagship
Eagle (6)   Fireship - Expended
Rose (4)   Fireship - Expended


Algerian Squadron
Ship NameCommanderNotes
Orange Tree (34)  
Three Cyrpus Trees (34)  
Three Half Moons (34)  
White Horse (34)  
Pearl (26)  
Gold Crown (24)  
Half Moon (24)  

Notes on Action

Other British vesselsBWAS-1603
Also present were the fireships Eagle and Rose (both expended)


BWAS-1603British Warships in the Age of Sail 1603 - 1714Rif WinfieldBook

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Posted by Brian on Friday 6th of June 2014 18:26

Publication date:8 June 1671
Paris June 10, By letters from Thoulon, and by others from Alicant, we have advice, that Sir Edward Spragge, Admiral of the English fleet in the Mediterranean, having met with nine Argiers men of war, and three merchant ships belonging to the same place, near Bugia, they immediately betook themselves under the shelter of the Castles there, carrying their richest things ashore, and putting themselves in the best posture of defence they could; in the meantime the English prepared to attacque them with their Fireships, which they did with that success, as to set most of them on fire, in which the Christian slaves that were on board were not wanting in what they could to contribute their assistance; the rest of the ships that escaped the fire, were seized on by the English, who have likewise received some damage in the action; and that Sir Edward Spragge was returned with his fleet before Argiers again.

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