1st Battle of Tobago

3rd March 1677
Part of : Franco-Dutch War (1672 - 1678)
Previous action : Battle of Tobago 20th February 1677 - 21st February 1677
Next action : First Battle of Ouessant 13th July 1677


Royaume de France - Jean d'Estrées (Comte d'Estrées)

Flotte française, Jean d'Estrées (Comte d'Estrées)
Ship NameGunsCommanderNotes
L'Intrépide 56Louis Gabaret Captured
Le Galant 46 
Le Fendant 54 Charles de Courbon-Blénac (1st Comte de Blénac)
Le Marquis 46 Chevalier de Lézines Sunk
Glorieux 62 Fleet Flagship Sunk
Le Precieux 54  Captured
Fortuné 52Nicholas Lefèvre de Méricourt
Le Laurier 40Charles-François de Machault de Belmont
Le Soleil d'Afrique 40 † CO Killed

Dutch Republic - Jacob Binckes

Dutch vessels, Jacob Binckes
Ship NameGunsCommanderNotes
Beschermer 54Jacob BinckesFleet Flagship
Huis te Kruiningen 58Roemer Vlack Captured
Middelburg 34Jan Swart Burnt
Sphaera Mundi 41 
Zeelandia 34Pieter Constant44 dead
Gouden Ster 30Pieter Cooreman CO Killed
Hertog van York 26Frederik Sweers
Alcion 24Cornelis Stolwijk Sunk
Popkensburg 24Pieter Slolwyck
Sint Salvador 6 


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Posted by Brian on Monday 2nd of June 2014 22:49

Publish 1677 Paris May 19 - In our last we acquainted you with the account we had received of a victory obtained by the King's ship, under the command of Count de Estree Vice Admiral of France at the Isle of Tobago in the West Indies. Since we have seen a particular narrative which is to long to be inserted here, and therefore can only tell you the substance. viz. That on the 11th of February the Count de Estree parted from Martenico with ten men of war, two Barks and one fireship, and on the 18th following arrived at Tobago, where he understood that there were 14 Dutch ships in the Road under the command of the Sieur B?nchs, viz, Nine great men of war, one frigate of 30 guns, another of 11, two Fluyts, and one fireship and also a Portuguese ship. That the next day the Count de Estree caused 750 men, under the comand of Sieur Grand Fontaine, to be landed, who met with no opposition, and advancing about a mile, posted themselves upon a hill. The next day the Count de Estree went himself ashore and ordered the Sieur Grand Fontaine to attack the fort the night following and at the same time the Sieur Gabers should give the enemy a diversion by water with their Chaloups; but by reason of some difficulty that intervened, this resolution was not executed by land. Whereupon a Council of War having been held the next day, it was resolved vigorously to attack the enemy both by water and land at the same time, and more soldiers having been sent ashore, the attack of the fort, in which there were 300 Dutch, was committed to the conduct of Siuer Heronard(?) and the necessary orders having been accordingly given, on the 3rd of March the King's ships entered into the Road, where the Dutch lay at an anchor in a line under the protection of 30 pieces of cannon which they had planted on the shore, the fight begun at seven in the morning, and continued with great obstinacy till five in the evening, during which time a ship called the Marquis, laying a Dutch man of war on board, which took fire, they were both burnt, and only one officer belonging to the Marquis escaped, who reported that they were master of the Dutchman before the ship took fire, which was followed by another ill accident, for the Dutch Rear Admiral, a ship of 66 guns, being likewise set on fire, and not long after blowing up by her own powder. The ship Glorieux, where was the Count de Estree, which happened to be very near the said Rear Admiral, was all covered with fire, which soon put her in a flame that could not be quenched, the Count de Estree, with two or three principal officers, saved themselves in a small boat, which being pierced by one of the many shot the Dutch made at it, they with much difficulty got within 100 paces of the land before it sunk, and so the Count de Estree and the rest got ashore where they continued about an hour half when a Chaloup of one of our ships fetched them off. By this time we had destroyed the Enemy's whole squadron, for 11 of their ships were burnt or sunk, and three driven ashore, and on our side, besides those two accidentally burnt, two more were sunk. The Count de Estree being come on board, stood a little aft to sea, and anchored in the entrance of the Road according to the sign given by him the rest likewise did, to repair the damages they had received, and there the count de Estree understood that the attack at land had not succeeded and that most of the officers were killed or wounded, and the next day the soldiers that had been employed therein, came on board.

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