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Action of 1797-04-26

26th April 1797
Part of : The French Revolutionary Wars (1793 - 1802)
Previous action : Action of 1797-03-09 9.3.1797
Next action : Destruction of the Calliope 16.7.1797


Great Britain

British Ships
Ship NameCommanderNotes
Irresistible (74) 1782-1806
British 74 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
George MartinBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1776-1814
Emerald (36) 1795-1836
British 36 Gun
5th Rate Frigate
Velters Cornewall BerkeleyBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1773-1802


Spanish Ships
Ship NameCommanderNotes
Ninfa (34) 1795-1797
Spanish 34 Gun
5th Rate Frigate
Santa Elena (40) 1783-1797
Spanish 40 Gun
5th Rate Frigate
Juan de CarranzaSpanish
Naval Sailor
Service 1747-1847

Notes on Action

Notes on the ActionTRN4
On April 26th, the British Irresistible, 74, Captain George Martin, and Emerald, 36, Captain Velters Cornwall Berkeley, forming part of the squadron blockading Cadiz, chased the Spanish frigates, Ninfa, 34, and Santa Elena, 34, into Conil Bay, near Cadiz, attacked them at 2.30 P.M., and compelled them to strike ninety minutes later. The Santa Elena, however, after striking, cut her cable and went ashore, when her crew escaped. She sank after being got off. The Ninfa, purchased for the Navy, was renamed the Hamadryad. The Spanish loss was eighteen killed and thirty wounded; the British, one killed and one wounded. The Spanish frigates had treasure on board, but unloaded it into fishing-boats, and despatched it ashore before they were attacked.

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