Battle of Punta Malpelo

31st August 1828
Part of : Gran Colombia - Peru War (1828 - 1829)


Gran Colombia

Ship NameCommanderNotes
Guayaquileña (12) Claudio Johnston
Pichincha Archibald Taylor


Ship NameCommanderNotes
Libertad (22) Carlos Garcia del Postigo 15 killed, 28 wounded

Notes on Action

On July 2, 1828, the Peruvian corvette Libertad armed with 24 guns and a crew of 124 men under the Captain Carlos Garcia del Postigo (a Chilean-born officer under the service of the Peruvian Navy), sailed towards Guayaquil with orders to cross the Gulf and guard the entrance to the Guayaquil River. On August 31, 1828, the Peruvian vessel was intercepted by two Gran-Colombian warships, the schooner Guayaquileña and the corvette Pichincha, commanded by Irish-born Captain Tomas C. Wright. The Captain Wright, aboard in the Guayaquileña inquires the commander of Libertad about his activities in Gran-Colombian waters, but suddenly the Peruvian corvette open fire, starting a close-quarter artillery duel, during which the Peruvians almost boarded the Guayaquileña, meanwhile, the Pichincha stay away and didn't participate in the combat. At the peak of the struggle, the Gran-Colombians ships suddenly retreated towards Guayaquil and were pursued closely by the Libertad. The pursuit ceased when the Libertad was forced to return to heal the wounded and bury the dead. Peruvians lost 15 men and 28 where injured, while the Gran-Colombians had 24 dead and 36 injured.


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