Battle of Solebay

28th May 1672
Part of : The Third Anglo-Dutch War (1672 - 1674/02)
Previous action : Battle of Smyrna Convoy 13th March 1672
Next action : First Battle of Schooneveld 28th May 1673

 

Allied (Kingdom of England & Royaume de France)

 
Blue Squadron, Sir Edward Montagu (1st Earl of Sandwich)
Ship NameGunsCommanderNotes
 
Blue Squadron Van Division, Sir John Kempthorne
Ship NameGunsCommanderNotes
Bonaventure (48) 48Richard Trevanion
Saint George (60) 66Geoffrey Pearce
Saint Andrew (100) 100John ArcherSquadron Flagship
Warspite (64) 64Robert Robinson
Antelope (40) 52Richard WhiteFireship (Expended)
French Ruby (66) 74Thomas Room Coyle
 
Blue Squadron, Center Division, Sir Edward Montagu (1st Earl of Sandwich)
Ship NameGunsCommanderNotes
Henry (64) 64The Hon. Francis Digby CO Killed
Princess (44) 56 
Mary Rose (40) 50William DaviesFireship (Expended)
Montagu (52) 58Thomas Darcy
Royal James (100) 100Richard HaddockSquadron Flagship
Rupert (64) 64Sir John Holmes
Leopard (44) 56Peter Bowen
Edgar (70) 70John Wetwang
Crown (40) 48William FinchFireship (Expended)
 
Blue Squadron, Rear Division, Sir Joseph Jordan
Ship NameGunsCommanderNotes
Plymouth (52) 52Roger Strickland
Unicorn (46) 46Richard James
Triumph (44) 74Willoughby Hannam
Ruby (42) 46 
Tiger (38) 40John Turner
Mary (50) 58John Brooks
 
Red Squadron, Sir James Stuart (Duke of York)
Ship NameGunsCommanderNotes
 
Red Squadron, Van Division, Sir Edward Spragg
Ship NameGunsCommanderNotes
Resolution (70) 70Sir John BerrySquadron Flagship
Bristol (48) 52Charles Wylde
London (96) 96 
Old James (48) 48John Hayward
Sweepstakes (36) 36George Canning
Dunkirk (48) 58Francis Courtnay
Diamond (42) 46Thomas Fowles
Monck (52) 58Bernard Ludman
 
Red Squadron, Center Division, Sir James Stuart (Duke of York)
Ship NameGunsCommanderNotes
Phoenix (42) 42Ralph Sanderson
Yarmouth (50) 50Robert Werden
Cambridge (68) 68Fretchville Holies CO Killed
Fairfax (52) 72George Legge
Victory (82) 82Lord Thomas Butler (Earl of Ossory)
Prince (100) 100John NarboroughSquadron Flagship
Saint Michael (90) 90Sir Robert Holmes
Monmouth (64) 64Richard Beach
Adventure (32) 38John Tyrwhitt
 
Red Squadron, Rear Division, Sir John Harman
Ship NameGunsCommanderNotes
Yarmouth (50) 50Robert Werden
York (52) 58Thomas Elliott
Greenwich (58) 58Levy Green
Anne (52) 58John Waterworth CO Killed
Charles (96) 96Sir John HarmanSquadron Flagship
Rainbow (64) 64James Storey
Forrester (22) 22Sir Henry Killigrew
Dover (48) 48Sir John Ernle
Revenge (52) 58John Hart
 
White Squadron, Jean d'Estrées (Comte d'Estrées)
Ship NameGunsCommanderNotes
 
White Squadron, Van Division, Abraham II Duquesne
Ship NameGunsCommanderNotes
Illustre (64) 64 François-Bénédict de Rouxel (Marquis de Grancey)
Téméraire (52) 52 de Larson
Admirable (70) 70Jérome-Augustin du Vernay de Beaulieu
Le Terrible (70) 70Abraham II DuquesneSquadron Flagship
Le Conquérant (66) 66 de Beaulieu de Tivas
Hasardeux (34) 34 Théophile du Vigier (Sieur de La Vigerie-Treillebois)
Bourbon (48) 48 de Kerven
Alcyon (44) 44 Bitaut de Beor
Prince (50) 50 Charles-François Davy (Marquis d'Amfreville)
Vaillant (52) 52André de Nesmond
 
White Squadron, Center Division, Jean d'Estrées (Comte d'Estrées)
Ship NameGunsCommanderNotes
Françoise (36) 32 Jacques de Cuers (Seigneur de Cogolin)
Foudroyant (76) 76 Jean Gabaret (Seigneur d'Angoulins)
Brave (60) 50 Jean-Baptiste Valbelle (Chevalier de Valbelle)
Aquilon (52) 52 d'Ailly
Le Tonnant (64) 64Hector des Ardens
Le Saint Philippe (82) 82 de CouSquadron Flagship
Grand (66) 66 Gombaud
Duc (48) 48 Bernard Jean-François Jacques Kadot
L'Oriflamme (50) 50 Kerjean-Lesmoual
Excellent (56) 56 Pierre Guérusseau (Seigneur du Magnou)
L'Arrogant (32) 32François de Villeneuve-Ferrieres
 
White Squadron, Rear Division, du Vigier (Sieur des Rabesnières-Treillebois )
Ship NameGunsCommanderNotes
Fort (60) 56 Charles de Courbon-Blénac (1st Comte de Blénac)
Rubis (52) 48 Louis Le Roux d'Infreville-Saint-Aubin (Chevalier d'Infreville-Saint-Aubin)
Le Galant (46) 46Chevalier Pierre Le Bret (Chevalier de Flacourt)
Sans Pareil (64) 64 Chadeau de la Clocheterie
Superbe (76) 76 du Vigier (Sieur des Rabesnières-Treillebois )Squadron Flagship CO Killed
Sage (52) 52 Anne Hilarion de Costentin (Comte de Tourville)
Le Hardi (32) 32 de la Roque-Garseval
L'Heureux (52) 52 François Panetié (Seigneur de la Croix)
L'Invincible (64) 64 François de Livenne de Verdille
 
Vessels not in the Line
Ship NameGunsCommanderNotes
Falcon (36) 36Charles Montagu
Fountain (34) 34Robert Stout
Nightingale (30) 30Henry Clarke
Success (24) 24George Watson
Dartmouth (22) 28 
Ann and Christopher (8) 8William Humble Fireship
Bantum (6) 6Henry Pattison Sunk Fireship
Katherine (6) 6Thomas Andrews
Alice and Francis (6) 6Ezekiel Yennis
Anne and Judith (6) 6Joseph Harris
Thomas and Edward (6) 6John Holmes
Fanfan (4) 4John Pibus
Francis (4) 4Robert Fortescue
 

Dutch Republic

 
Van Squadron, Adriaen van Trappen Banckert
Ship NameGunsCommanderNotes
Zevenwolden (76) 76 
Groningen (72) 72 
Prins Hendrik Casimir (72) 72 
Gelderland (72) 72 
Oudshoorn (70) 70 
Walcheren (70) 70 
Kalandsoog (68) 68 
Steenbergen (64) 64Jan Roetering
Wapen van Nassau (60) 60 
Schieland (60) 60Nicolaas Naalhout
Huis te Kruiningen (58) 58 
Oostergo (54) 64Jan Janszoon Vijselaer
Elf Steden (54) 54 
Zwanenburg (52) 52Cornelis Evertsen
Drie Helden Davids (50) 50 
Middelburg (50) 50 
Oranje (50) 50 
Vlissingen (46) 46Jan le Sage
Medemblik (46) 46Hendrik Visscher
Zierikzee (40) 40Willem Hendriksen
Veere (40) 40Adriaan van Cruiningen
 
Center Squadron, Michiel Adriaenszoon de Ruyter
Ship NameGunsCommanderNotes
De Zeven Provinciën (86) 86 Fleet Flagship
Reigersbergen (74) 74Jacob van Meeuwen
Ridderschap (72) 72 
Wapen van Hoorn (70) 70 
Groot Hollandia (68) 68Jan van Brakel
Maagd van Dordrecht (68) 68 
Waasdorp (68) 68Francois Palm
Westfriesland (66) 78 
Utrecht (62) 62 
Alkmaar (62) 62Klaas Anker
Delft (62) 62Gerolf Ysselmuyden
Deventer (62) 62 
Jozua (60) 60Jan Dick Sunk
Provincie van Utrecht (60) 60 
Westergo (56) 56 
Wassenaer (56) 56Philips van Almonde
Beschermer (54) 54David Swerius
Agatha (50) 50 
Zeelandia (48) 48 
Jaarsveld (34) 34 
Stavoren (32) 46Daniel Elsevier Captured
 
Rear Squadron, Willem Josef van Ghent
Ship NameGunsCommanderNotes
Dolfijn (84) 84Michael KindtSquadron Flagship
Olifant (82) 82 
Gouda (72) 72 
Pacificatie (70) 70Volckert Schram
Komeetster (70) 70Hendrik van Tol
Woerden (68) 68Jacob Binckes
Wapen van Enkhuizen (66) 66 
Justina van Nassau (60) 60Jan Heck
Akerboom (60) 60Jacob Teding van Berkhout
Noorderkwartier (60) 60Jan Dick
Gideon (60) 60Pieter van Middelandt
Oosterwijk (56) 62 
Amsterdam (54) 62 
Essen (50) 50 
Dordrecht (50) 50 
Caleb (50) 50Jan Crook
Gouden Leeuwen (50) 50 
Stavoreen (48) 48 
Jupiter (32) 48 
 
Frigates Etc.
Ship NameGunsCommanderNotes
Harderwijk (34) 34Mozes Wichmans
Asperen (32) 32 
Overijssel (28) 30 
Popkensburg (24) 24Matheeus Megang
Schiedam (24) 24 
Bommel (24) 24Pieter Claesse Decker
Haas (24) 24 
Windhond (20) 4 
Brak (20) 24Cornelis van der Zaen
Postiljon (20) 20 
Sollenburgh (4) 4Jan Janszoon Bout
 

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Posted by gauthard serge on Wednesday 18th of January 2017 17:13

Van Division:
Ship: TEMERAIRE : captain : de Larson.
Center Division:
Ship: ARROGANT : captain : de Villeneuve-Ferrières.
Rear Division :
Ship: RUBIS : captain : Saint- Aubin d'Infreville.
Ship: SAGE : captain : Anne-Hilarion Chevalier de Tourville.
Ship: HARDI : captain : de la Roque-Garseval.
Ship: HEUREUX : captain : François Panetié.
Ship: INVINCIBLE : captain : Chevalier de Verdille.
Ship:SANS PAREIL : another captain : de la Clocheterie !!
bye.


Posted by Brian on Thursday 12th of June 2014 17:56

The London Gazette
Publication date:June 1672
Ostend June 15 By divers vessels, arrived here from Zealand we have advice that several Dutch men of war are come in three miserably damaged and torn ans shattered, and amongst others Lieu. Admiral Van Ghents ship, who hath above 200 men killed and 60 wounded, Van Effs ship, Vice Admiral of Rotterdam, young Eversons ship, the Haas of Amsterdam, as likewise Cap. Brackels ship who have all lost abundance of men; we are certainly informed that de Ruyter lost above 200 men on board his own ship; and the Dutch themselves confess that the have lost more men in this engagement that in any two battles during any former war; all the hospitals at Terveer, Ulissing, and Middleburgh are now crowded with wounded men, so that notwithstanding all the extravagant reports that have been spread abroad in Holland, of the advantage they had over the English in this engagement, the people begin to become very sensible of the contrary and cannot be longer kept from knowing that their fleet is extremely torn and disabled. etc.


Posted by Brian on Thursday 12th of June 2014 17:32

The London Gazette
Publication date:27 May 1672
Southwould, May 28. past nine at night. About five a clock this morning, His Majesty's Fleet, under the Command of Hid Royal Highness, discovered the Dutch standing in for this Bay, upon which our fleet weighed, and about seven the Dutch engaged with the Blue Squadron, the Royal James, being the first that fired. The next that was engaged was his Royal Highness who was becalmed; the Blue Squadron who were to the northward, and the French who were to the southward, having a gale, the French got up with his Royal Highness and fought bravely; the Blue stood to the northward, but were divided. The Sovereign with part of the Blue Squadron engaging with the Dutch, the wind being at E.S.E. were with the ebb tide driven to the northward as low as Leistoff, and about noon the wind coming up northerly to the northward of the east. Sir. Joseph Jordan and the St. Andrew, with upward of twenty more got the weather gage of the Dutch and betwixt two and three in the afternoon, were hotly engaged, the Dutch standing away to the S.E. Betwixt two and 3 a clock, the Royal Highness being over pressed with men of war and fireships, a Flag-ship laid himself thwart behind his harse, who finding hot entertainment called for Quarter; our men entring him, thee Fire-ships attacked the Royal James, two of which he sunk, the other took place and burnt him; the Earl of Sandwich is safe, and Captain Haddock, only the Captain wounded in the thigh. The Henry and two or three ships more being disabled, are now standing for Harwich. Several ships were observed to have been fired, what the are is not known. The wind is now at N.E. and blows a fresh gale , the ceased from fighting between eight and nine this night.

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