Battle of Hudsons Bay

Battle of Hudsons Bay

Battle of York Factory

26th August 1697
Part of : War of the Grand Alliance (1688 - 1697)
Previous action : Action of 1697-08-14 14.8.1697 - 16.8.1697


Kingdom of England

British squadron, John Fletcher (d.1697)

The English squadron comprised the warship Hampshire under Captain Fletcher, mounting only 50 guns, HBC Royal Hudson’s Bay (200 t) commanded by Capt. Nicholas Smithsend and mounting 32 guns, and HBC Dering (a 3rd of this name owned by the HBC) (260 t) (Capt. Michael Grimington) mounting 36 guns. 

Ship NameCommanderNotes
Hampshire (46) John Fletcher (d.1697)Fleet Flagship Sunk
Royal Hudson’s Bay (32) Nicholas Smithsend Captured
Dering (36) Michael Grimington

Royaume de France

Ship NameCommanderNotes
Le Pélican (50) Pierre Le Moyne d'Iberville (Sieur d'Iberville et d'Ardillières) (1661-1706) Sunk

Notes on Action

In the course of 1697, Captain d'Iberville, a Canadian by birth, greatly distinguished himself in the waters of Newfoundland and Hudson's Bay; and in his ship, the Pelican, 50, rendered very considerable services to the French cause. English interests were, unfortunately, ill-protected there', the chief vessel on the station being no bigger craft than the Hampshire, 46, Captain John Fletcher. D'Iberville, with several armed ships in his company, fell in, on August 26th, with the Hampshire and some merchantmen under her convoy, and, after a hot action, sank the man-of-war, whose captain perished with her; and took or destroyed all her consorts. D'Iberville subsequently captured Fort Nelson.

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