First Battle of Schooneveld

28th May 1673
Part of : The Third Anglo-Dutch War (1672 - 1674/02)
Previous action : Battle of Solebay 28.5.1672
Next action : Second Battle of Schooneveld 4.6.1673


Allied (Kingdom of England & Royaume de France)

Blue Squadron (Unknown Division)
Ship NameCommanderNotes
Greenwich (58) Thomas Bridgeman
Bonaventure (48) Henry Killigrew (1652-1712)
Ruby (46) Stephen Pyend (d.1674)
Diamond (46) John Shelley
Blue Squadron, Van Division
Ship NameCommanderNotes
Saint Michael (90) Thomas Guy (d.1674)
Rainbow (64) Mark Harrison
York (58) William Finch (d.1673)
Hampshire (38) Richard GriffithFireship (Expended)
Falcon Thomas Andrews (d.bef.1677)
Foresight (42) Richard James (d.1679/80)
Blue Squadron, Main Division, Sir Edward Spragg (d.1673)
Ship NameCommanderNotes
Prince (100) Thomas Fowler (d.1687)Squadron Flagship
Royal Sovereign (100) John Hayward (d.1673), Sir William Reeves (d.1673), John Hayward (d.1673)
Cambridge (68) Arthur Herbert (1648-1716)
Saint George (52)  
Dreadnought (58) Richard Trevanion (1627-1714)
Henrietta (58) Robert Werden (d.1673) CO Killed
Henrietta (58) Robert Werden (d.1673)
Dunkirk (50) Francis Courtnay (d.1673)
Advice (42) Dominick Nugent
Blue Squadron, Rear Division
Ship NameCommanderNotes
Saint Andrew (100) John Archer (d.1673)
Monck (58) Bernard Ludman (d.1673)
Mary (54) Sir Roger Strickland (1640-1717), Thomas Hamilton
Unicorn (46) John Rogers
Sweepstakes (36) John Tempest (d.1673)
Red Squadron (Unknown Division)
Ship NameCommanderNotes
Constant Warwick (34) Gustavus Horne
Red Squadron, Van Division
Ship NameCommanderNotes
London (96) William HoldenSquadron Flagship
Resolution (70) Sir John Berry (1635-1690/91)
French Ruby (74) Thomas Room Coyle (d.1689)
Warspite (64) Richard White (d.1673)
Anne (58) Thomas Elliott
Stavoreen (48) John Keene
Triumph (60) William Davies
Happy Return (52) John Stansby
Red Squadron, Main Division, Sir Rupert Palatine (Prince Palatine of the Rhine) (1619-1682)
Ship NameCommanderNotes
Royal Katherine (84) George Legge (1647-1691)
Edgar (70) Sir William Reeves (d.1673)
Henry (64)  
Rupert (64) Sir John Holmes (d.1679)
Gloucester (60) William Coleman (d.1681)
Lion (58) Thomas Foulis (d.1673) CO Killed
Old James (48) James Storey (d.1682)
Princess (56) Robert Stout (d.1675)
Crown (48) Richard Sadlington (d.1673)Fireship (Expended)
Red Squadron, Rear Division
Ship NameCommanderNotes
Royal Charles (100) John Hayward (d.1673), Richard Haddock (1629-1714/15), Anthony YoungFleet Flagship
Charles (96) Sir John Chicheley (1641-1690/91), Richardson Dickinson
Victory (82) Sir William Jennens
Revenge (58) Sir Edward Spragg (d.1673), Sir John Ernle
Yarmouth (50) Henry Clarke (d.1674)
Newcastle (50) John Pearce (d.1673)Fireship (Expended)
Assurance (32) Ralph Lassells (d.1677)
Mary Rose (50)  Fireship (Expended)
White Squadron (French), (Unknown Division)
Ship NameCommanderNotes
Foudroyant (76) Jean Gabaret (Seigneur d'Angoulins) (1631-1697)
Grand (66) Job Forant (d.1692)
Éclatant (64)  
Illustre (64) Jérome-Augustin du Vernay de Beaulieu (1630-1703)
Le Tonnant (64) Raymond-Louis Preuilly d'Humières (Marquis de Preuilly d'Humières) (1623-1688)
Sans Pareil (64) Anne Hilarion de Costentin (Comte de Tourville) (1642-1701)
L'Agréable (62)  
Le Bon (54) Pierre de Cou (1630-1676)
Fortuné (54) Charles de Courbon-Blénac (1st Comte de Blénac) (1622-1696)
Le Maure (52) Charles-François Davy (2nd Marquis d'Amfreville) (1640-1692)
L'Apollon (52) Joseph Andrault (1649-1711)
Vaillant (52) Henri d'Escoubleau de Sourdis (Comte de Sourdis)
Aquilon (52) Louis de Gabaret (1632-1677)
Sage (52) La Barre
Téméraire (52) Louis Le Roux d'Infreville-Saint-Aubin (Chevalier d'Infreville-Saint-Aubin) (1642-1712)
L'Oriflamme (50) François-Annibal de Béthune (Chevalier de Bèthune) (1642-1732)
Duc (48) Chevalier Pierre Le Bret (Chevalier de Flacourt) (1640-1692)
Aimable (56) Chevalier Jean François Kadot de Sébeville (1644-1675)
White Squadron (French), Van Division, Hector des Ardens (1620-1675)
Ship NameCommanderNotes
Le Terrible (70)  Squadron Flagship
White Squadron (French), Main Division
Ship NameCommanderNotes
White Squadron (French), Rear Division, François-Bénédict de Rouxel (Marquis de Grancey) (1635-1679)
Ship NameCommanderNotes
L'Orgueilleux (76) François-Bénédict de Rouxel (Marquis de Grancey) (1635-1679)Squadron Flagship
Vessels not in the Line
Ship NameCommanderNotes
Providence (6)   Fireship (Expended)
Rachel (6) John Kelsey (d.1673) Fireship (Expended)
Samuel and Anne (6) Richard Haddock (d.1678) Fireship (Expended)
Unknown Division
Ship NameCommanderNotes
Ship NameCommanderNotes
Hasardeux (24)  

Dutch Republic

Van Squadron, Cornelis Maartenszoon Tromp (1629-1691)
Ship NameCommanderNotes
Center Squadron, Michiel Adriaenszoon de Ruyter (1606/7-1676)
Ship NameCommanderNotes
Rear Squadron, Adriaen van Trappen Banckert (1615-1684)
Ship NameCommanderNotes
Vessels not in the Line
Ship NameCommanderNotes
Unknown Division
Ship NameCommanderNotes
Ship NameCommanderNotes
Hollandia (80)  
Zeelandia (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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