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1st Battle of Tobago

3rd March 1677
Part of : Franco-Dutch War (1672 - 1678)
Previous action : Battle of Tobago 20.2.1676/77 - 21.2.1676/77
Next action : First Battle of Ouessant 13.7.1677

 

Royaume de France -
Jean d'Estrées (Comte d'Estrées)French
Naval Sailor
Service 1668-1688

 
Flotte française,
Jean d'Estrées (Comte d'Estrées)French
Naval Sailor
Service 1668-1688
Ship NameCommanderNotes
L'Intrépide (56) 1675-1677
French 56 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
Louis de GabaretFrench
Naval Sailor
Service 1662-1671
Captured
Le Galant (46) 1668-1689
French 46 Gun
4th Rate Ship of the Line
1678 Renamed "Opiniatre"
 
Le Fendant (54) 1672-1702
French 54 Gun
4th Rate Ship of the Line
Charles de Courbon-Blénac (1st Comte de Blénac)French
Naval Sailor
Administrator
Service 1670-1693
Le Marquis (46) 1673-1677
French 46 Gun
4th Rate Ship of the Line
Chevalier de LézinesFrench
Naval Sailor
Service 1677
Sunk
Glorieux (64) 1669-1677
French 64 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
1671 Renamed "Glorieux"
 Fleet Flagship Sunk
Le Precieux (54) 1671-1677
French 54 Gun
4th Rate Ship of the Line
  Captured
Fortuné (52) 1671-1688
French 52 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
1671 Renamed "Fortuné"
Nicholas Lefèvre de MéricourtFrench
Naval Sailor
Service 1677-1678
Le Laurier (40) 1676-1690
French 40 Gun
4th Rate Ship of the Line
Charles-François de Machault de BelmontFrench
Naval Sailor
Administrator
Marine
Service 1676-1692
Le Soleil d'Afrique (40) 1676-1690
French 40 Gun
4th Rate Frigate
 † CO Killed
 

Dutch Republic -
Jacob BinckesDutch
Naval Sailor

 
Dutch vessels,
Jacob BinckesDutch
Naval Sailor
Ship NameCommanderNotes
Beschermer (54) 1665-1677
Dutch 54 Gun
4th Rate Ship of the Line
Jacob BinckesDutch
Naval Sailor
Fleet Flagship
Huis te Kruiningen (58) 1653-1677
Dutch 58 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
Roemer VlackDutch
Naval Sailor
Service 1653-1703
Captured
Middelburg (38) 1659-1677
Dutch 38 Gun
4th Rate Ship of the Line
Jan SwartDutch
Naval Sailor
Burnt
Sphaera Mundi (41) 1665-1665
Dutch 41 Gun
Merchant Ship
 
Zeelandia (34) 1643-1677
Dutch 34 Gun
4th Rate Ship of the Line
Pieter ConstantDutch
Naval Sailor
44 dead
Gouden Ster (30) 1644-1677
Dutch 30 Gun
5th Rate Ship
Pieter CooremanDutch
Naval Sailor
CO Killed
Hertog van York (26) 1667-1677
Dutch 26 Gun
6th Rate Ship
Frederik SweersDutch
Naval Sailor
Service 1677
Alcion (24) 1676-1677
Dutch 24 Gun
6th Rate Ship
Cornelis StolwijkDutch
Naval Sailor
Sunk
Popkensburg (24) 1661-1677
Dutch 24 Gun
5th Rate Frigate
Pieter SlolwyckDutch
Naval Sailor
Service 1677
Sint Salvador (6) 1675-1677
Dutch 6 Gun
Unrated Fireship
 
 

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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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