Action of March 25 1747

25th March 1747
Part of : War of the Austrian Succession (1740/12/16 - 1748/10/18)
Previous action : Action of 1747/01/31 31.1.1747
Next action : 1st Battle of Cape Finisterre 3.5.1747


Great Britain

British Squadron, Digby Dent (1710-1761)
Ship NameCommanderNotes
Lennox (70) Peter Lawrence (d.1758)Fleet Flagship 11 killed, 25 wounded
Plymouth (60) Digby Dent (1710-1761) 2 killed, 9 wounded
Worcester (58) Thomas Andrews (d.1756) 4 killed, 5 wounded

Royaume de France

French Convoy Escort
Ship NameCommanderNotes
Le Magnanime (74)  Fleet Flagship
L'Alcide (64) Chevalier Guy-François de Coëtnempren (Comte de Kersaint) (1703-1759)
L'Arc en Ciel (50)  
L'Étoile (50)  

Notes on Action

Description of the actionWOTA

While cruising 20 miles northwest of Cape Saint Nicholas Mole (Cap du Mole, Haiti), Commodore Digby Dent's force pursue a french convoy headiong south into the Bight of Leogane. It's naval escort turns to give battle, leaving the Etoile to protect the convoy

Action erupts shortly past noon. At 4:00 P.M. Lennox's foremast topples, compelling it to bring to and halting the engagement when the French retire towards their convoy


WOTAWars of the AmericasDavid Marley, Digital Book

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