Action at Cherbourg

1st June 1692 - 2nd June 1692
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 Delavall (c.1641-1706/7)

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)  
Burford (70) Thomas Harlow (d.1741)
Monck (58) Stafford Fairborne (d.1716)
Saint Albans (50) Richard Fitzpatrick (d.1727), Thomas Gillam (d.1693)
Ruby (46) George Mees (d.1697)
Advice (42) Edward Boys (d.1696)
British Fireships
Ship NameCommanderNotes
Wolf (8) James Greenway (d.1703) Expended as fireship
Blaze (28) Thomas Heath (d.1693) Expended as fireship
Hound (28) Thomas Fowlis (d.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 (104) Charles des Nos (Comte des Nos de Forbonest) (1645-1701) Burnt
L'Admirable (94) de Beaujeu Burnt
Triomphant (76) Charles-François de Machault de Belmont (1640-1709) Burnt



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