Bombardment of Le Havre

3rd July 1759
Part of : Seven Years' War (1756/05/17 - 1763/02/10)
Previous action : Achilles v Le Comte de Saint-Florentine 4.4.1759
Next action : Blockade of Port Louis 8.1759 - 9.1759

A squadron under Rear-Admiral Rodney sailed from St. Helen’s five small ships of the line, six frigates and sloops and six bomb vessels on a mission to destroy French invasion barges. Arriving off Le Havre on 3rd July he took position and on the 4th began a 52 hour bombardment. The town was set fire and many of the French invasion barges were destroyed. Rodney then started a blockade which was to last for the remainder of the year.


Great Britain (Royal Navy) - George Brydges Rodney (1719-1792)

Rodney's Frigate Squadron
Ship NameCommanderNotes
Achilles (60) The Hon. Samuel Barrington (1729-1800)Squadron Flagship
Chatham (50) John Lockhart (1721-1790)
Deptford (50) John Hollwall (c.1723-1775)
Isis (50) Edward Wheeler (d.1761)
Norwich (50) George Darby (c.1720-1790)
Brilliant (36) Hyde Parker (1713/14-1783)
Juno (32) Henry John Phillips (1718-1762)
Vestal (32) Samuel Hood (1724-1816)
Boreas (28) The Hon. Robert Boyle (1736-1780)
Unicorn (28) Thomas Graves (1725-1802)
Wolf (8) Hugh Bromedge (c.1714-1792)
Bomb Ketches
Ship NameCommanderNotes
Furnace (8) Jonathon Faulknor (c.1729-1795)
Firedrake (10) James Orrok (c.1721-c.1763)
Basilisk (8) John Clerke (d.1775)
Mortar (8) Joseph Hunt (c.1733-1761)
Carcass (14) Charles Inglis (c.1731-1791)
Blast (8) Thomas Willis (c.1725-1766)



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