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Sir Ralph Delavall found with the Soleil Royal, in Cherbourg Bay, two more large ships of the line. Transferring his flag to the St. Albans, he took with him the Ruby and two fireships, and went in to reconnoitre; but being met with a hot fire, retreated. On the following day, Sunday, the 22nd, he sent in his boats and three fireships, covering them with the guns of his larger vessels. The attack was stoutly opposed both by the ships and by a fort on shore; but Commander Thomas Heath, of the Blaze, succeeded in burning the Soleil Royal, 106; Commander James Greenaway, of the Wolf, destroyed the Triomphant, 74; and the boats disposed of the Admirable, 90. Commander Thomas Foulis, of the Hound, had his ship set on fire by hostile shot ere he could get sufficiently near to the Soleil Royal to grapple her.
|British Supporting Vessels|
|Name : Grafton (70)|
|Name : Burford (70)||Thomas Harlow (d.1741)|
|Name : Monck (58)||Stafford Fairborne (d.1716)|
|Name : Saint Albans (50)||Richard Fitzpatrick (d.1727), Thomas Gillam (d.1693)|
|Name : Ruby (46)||George Mees (d.1697)|
|Name : Advice (42)||Edward Boys (d.1696)|
|Name : Wolf (8)||James Greenway (d.1703)||Expended as fireship|
|Name : Blaze (28)||Thomas Heath (d.1693)||Expended as fireship|
|Name : Hound (28)||Thomas Fowlis (d.1703)||Expended as fireship|
3 ships of the line, 2 frigates and a fireship. All six were burnt.
|Name : Le Soleil Royal (104)||Charles des Nos (Comte des Nos de Forbonest) (1645-1701)||Burnt|
|Name : L'Admirable (94)||de Beaujeu||Burnt|
|Name : Triomphant (76)||Charles-François de Machault de Belmont (1640-1709)||Burnt|