First Battle of Schooneveld

28th May 1673
Part of : The Third Anglo-Dutch War (1672 - 1674/02)
Previous action : Battle of Solebay 28th May 1672
Next action : Second Battle of Schooneveld 4th June 1673


Allied (Kingdom of England & Royaume de France)

Blue Squadron (Unknown Division)
Ship NameGunsCommanderNotes
Greenwich (58) 58Thomas Bridgeman
Bonaventure (48) 48Sir Henry Killigrew
Ruby (42) 46Stephen Pyend
Diamond (42) 46 
Blue Squadron, Van Division
Ship NameGunsCommanderNotes
Saint Michael (90) 90Thomas Guy
Rainbow (64) 64Mark Harrison
York (52) 58William Finch
Hampshire (46) 42Richard GriffithFireship (Expended)
Falcon (36) 36Thomas Andrews
Foresight (34) 46Richard James
Blue Squadron, Main Division, Sir Edward Spragg
Ship NameGunsCommanderNotes
Prince (100) 100Thomas FowlerSquadron Flagship
Royal Sovereign (100) 100John Hayward
Cambridge (68) 68Arthur Herbert
Saint George (60) 66 
Dreadnought (52) 58Richard Trevanion
Henrietta (52) 58Robert Werden CO Killed
Henrietta (52) 58Robert Werden
Dunkirk (48) 58Francis Courtnay
Advice (34) 40 
Blue Squadron, Rear Division
Ship NameGunsCommanderNotes
Saint Andrew (100) 100 
Monck (52) 58Bernard Ludman
Mary (50) 58Thomas Hamilton
Unicorn (46) 46John Rogers
Sweepstakes (36) 36John Tempest
Red Squadron (Unknown Division)
Ship NameGunsCommanderNotes
Constant Warwick (34) 34 
Red Squadron, Van Division
Ship NameGunsCommanderNotes
London (96) 96William HoldenSquadron Flagship
Resolution (70) 70Sir John Berry
French Ruby (66) 74Thomas Room Coyle
Warspite (64) 64Richard White
Anne (52) 58Thomas Elliott
Stavoreen (48) 48John Keene
Triumph (44) 74William Davies
Happy Return (44) 52John Stansby
Red Squadron, Main Division, Sir Rupert Palatine (Prince Palatine of the Rhine)
Ship NameGunsCommanderNotes
Royal Katherine (84) 84George Legge
Edgar (70) 70Sir William Reeves
Henry (64) 64 
Rupert (64) 64Sir John Holmes
Gloucester (52) 60William Coleman
Lion (52) 58 † CO Killed
Old James (48) 48James Storey
Princess (44) 56Robert Stout
Crown (40) 48Richard SadlingtonFireship (Expended)
Red Squadron, Rear Division
Ship NameGunsCommanderNotes
Royal Charles (100) 100Anthony YoungFleet Flagship
Charles (96) 96Richardson Dickinson
Victory (82) 82Sir William Jennings
Revenge (52) 58Sir John Ernle
Yarmouth (50) 50Henry Clarke
Newcastle (44) 50John PearceFireship (Expended)
Assurance (40) 38Ralph Lassells
Mary Rose (40) 50 Fireship (Expended)
White Squadron (French), (Unknown Division)
Ship NameGunsCommanderNotes
Foudroyant (76) 76 Jean Gabaret (Seigneur d'Angoulins)
Grand (66) 66Job Forant
Éclatant (64) 64 
Illustre (64) 64Jérome-Augustin du Vernay de Beaulieu
Le Tonnant (64) 64 Raymond-Louis Preuilly d'Humières (Marquis de Preuilly d'Humières)
Sans Pareil (64) 64 Anne Hilarion de Costentin (Comte de Tourville)
L'Agréable (62) 62 
Le Bon (54) 54Pierre de Cou
Fortuné (54) 54 Charles de Courbon-Blénac (1st Comte de Blénac)
Maure (52) 52 Charles-François Davy (Marquis d'Amfreville)
L'Apollon (52) 52Joseph Andrault
Vaillant (52) 52 de Sourdis (Comte de Sourdis)
Aquilon (52) 52Louis Gabaret
Sage (52) 52 La Barre
Téméraire (52) 52 Louis Le Roux d'Infreville-Saint-Aubin (Chevalier d'Infreville-Saint-Aubin)
L'Oriflamme (50) 50 François-Annibal de Béthune (Chevalier de Bèthune)
Duc (48) 48Chevalier Pierre Le Bret (Chevalier de Flacourt)
Aimable (48) 56 Bernard Jean-François Jacques Kadot
White Squadron (French), Van Division, Hector des Ardens
Ship NameGunsCommanderNotes
Le Terrible (70) 70Hector des ArdensSquadron Flagship
White Squadron (French), Main Division
Ship NameGunsCommanderNotes
White Squadron (French), Rear Division, François-Bénédict de Rouxel (Marquis de Grancey)
Ship NameGunsCommanderNotes
L'Orgueilleux (76) 76 François-Bénédict de Rouxel (Marquis de Grancey)Squadron Flagship
Vessels not in the Line
Ship NameGunsCommanderNotes
Providence (6) 6  Fireship (Expended)
Rachel (6) 6John Kelsey Fireship (Expended)
Samuel and Anne (6) 6Richard Haddock Fireship (Expended)
Unknown Division
Ship NameGunsCommanderNotes
Ship NameGunsCommanderNotes
Hasardeux (34) 24 

Dutch Republic

Van Squadron, Cornelis Maartenszoon Tromp
Ship NameGunsCommanderNotes
Center Squadron, Michiel Adriaenszoon de Ruyter
Ship NameGunsCommanderNotes
Rear Squadron, Adriaen van Trappen Banckert
Ship NameGunsCommanderNotes
Vessels not in the Line
Ship NameGunsCommanderNotes
Unknown Division
Ship NameGunsCommanderNotes
Ship NameGunsCommanderNotes
Hollandia (80) 80 
Zeelandia (34) 34 



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Posted by Brian on Friday 6th of June 2014 19:20

The London Gazette, Publication date:29 May 1673
His Highness, Prince Rupert's letter to the Earl of Arlington, from on board the Royal Charles, off of the O??er Bank the 19th of May 1673, distant from East Cape seven leagues at one afternoon the wind S.S.W.
I give you herein an account of the action yesterday, being the 28th such as at present can be made, having not had time to learn the particulars of the enemies losses. The foul weather having before given us opportunity and leisure to sound all the sands. On the 27th it was resolved at a Council of War, held here on board with Flag Officers, to attack the enemy ?ding at anchor, in a line between the Rand and the Stony Bank. Accordingly a squadron was then ordered out of the several divisions of the fleet, (whereof the eldest Captain was to command each party) consisting in all of 35 frigates, and 13 Fireships, besides small craft to sound before them. Yesterday morning about eight of the clock the drew out of their squadrons, and sailed towards the enemy, the winds at S.S.W. and that by 12 a clock at noon, engaged the Van of them, commanded by Trump. We were forced to engage sooner that I intended, to prevent the enemies from getting the wind, that squadron commanded by Trump, was o pressed by us, that it gave way, and retired as far away as the Sands would give them leave. The squadron commanded by de Ruyter, fell to the share of Count de Estrees, and the French, who behaved themselves very bravely . Sir Edward Spragge, also on his side maintained the fight with so much courage and resolution, that their whole body gave way, to such degree, that had it not been fear of the shoals, we had driven them into their harbours, and the King would have had a better account of them. The case being thus, and the night approaching, I judged it fit to stand a little off and to anchor here where I now ride. The enemy had a considerable loss, (which they will not easily repair) I having many men slain, many ships disabled, and some destroyed; de Ruyter and Trump had run a great hazard of being burnt by some of our Fireships, if they had behaved themselves as they ought to have done. Our losses are very inconsiderable, teo of our ships only being disabled, viz. the Cambridge and the Resolution, which I shall send home to refit; the rest of our work will easily be done here. We have lost very few common men; as yet I have an account but of these officers slain, Capt. Fowles, Capt. Werden, and Capt. Finch; Col. Hamilton has his leg shot off. All the officers and common men, generally behaved themselves very well, of which I will send the particulars, when I am better informed; in my squadron more especially; Capt. Leg, Sir John Holmes, Capt. Wettwang, Captain Story, Sir Roger Strickland, and Sir William Reeves, the first took a ship of the enemies, and the latter brought up a Fireship, and layed himself to leeward of Trump, and if the Captain of the Fireship had done his duty, Trump would certainly burnt. Notwithstanding which, Story and Wettwang so belaboured him, that Reeves cleared himself from the crowd of the enemy. etc...

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