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Action at Cherbourg

1st June 1692 (1692/06/11 NS) - 2nd June 1692 (1692/06/12 NS)
Part of : War of the Grand Alliance (1688 - 1697)
Previous action : Battle of Barfleur 19.5.1692
Next action : Battle of La Hogue 2.6.1692 - 4.6.1692

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.

 

Kingdom of England -
Sir Ralph DelavallBritish
Naval Sailor
Soldier
Service 1666-1698

 
British Supporting Vessels

On the first day (21st June OS) only the Saint Albans and Ruby made the attack. Sir Ralph Delavell's Flag was in the Saint Albans.

On the Second day all vessels took part. Sir Ralph Delavell had moved to the Grafton

Ship NameCommanderNotes
Grafton (70) 1679-1700
British 70 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
 
Burford (70) 1679-1699
British 70 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
Thomas HarlowBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1690-1720
Monck (58) 1660-1702
British 58 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
Stafford FairborneBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1685-1708
Saint Albans (50) 1687-1693
British 50 Gun
4th Rate Ship of the Line
Richard FitzpatrickBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1687-1703
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Thomas GillamBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1688-1693
Ruby (46) 1652-1708
British 46 Gun
4th Rate Ship of the Line
George MeesBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1686-1697
Advice (42) 1650-1698
British 42 Gun
4th Rate Ship of the Line
Edward BoysBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1689-1696
 
British Fireships
Ship NameCommanderNotes
Wolf (8) 1690-1692
British 8 Gun
5th Rate Fireship
James GreenwayBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1688-1797
Expended as fireship
Blaze (28) 1691-1692
British 28 Gun
5th Rate Fireship
  Expended as fireship
Hound (28) 1690-1692
British 28 Gun
5th Rate Fireship
Thomas FowlisBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1688-1703
Expended as fireship
 

Royaume de France

 
French Vessels

3 ships of the line, 2 frigates and a fireship. All six were burnt.

Ship NameCommanderNotes
Le Soleil Royal (108) 1669-1692
French 108 Gun
1st Rate Ship of the Line
Charles des Nos (Comte des Nos de Forbonest)French
Naval Sailor
Administrator
Marine
Service 1669-1701
Burnt
L'Admirable (84) 1691-1692
French 84 Gun
2nd Rate Ship of the Line
de BeaujeuFrench
Naval Sailor
Service 1689-1692
Burnt
Triomphant (76) 1675-1692
French 76 Gun
2nd Rate Ship of the Line
1678 Renamed "Triomphant"
Charles-François de Machault de BelmontFrench
Naval Sailor
Administrator
Marine
Service 1676-1692
Burnt
 

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