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Attack on Aix Roads

2nd July 1799
Part of : The French Revolutionary Wars (1793 - 1802)
Previous action : Capture off Cape Sicie 19.6.1799
Next action : Sparrow vs Nancy 28.7.1799

 

Great Britain

 
British Squadron,
Charles Morice PoleBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1770-1830
Ship NameCommanderNotes
Royal George (100) 1788-1822
British 100 Gun
1st Rate Ship of the Line
William DomettBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1769-1819
Fleet Flagship
Sans Pareil (80) 1794-1842
British 80 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
David AtkinsBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1784-1790
Venerable (74) 1784-1804
British 74 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
Sir William George FairfaxBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1750-1813
Renown (74) 1798-1825
British 74 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
Albemarle BertieBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1777-1814
Ajax (74) 1798-1807
British 74 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
Alexander Inglis CochraneBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1778-1830
Robust (74) 1764-1817
British 74 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
George CountessBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1774-1810
Boadicea (38) 1797-1858
British 38 Gun
5th Rate Frigate
Richard Goodwin KeatsBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1777-1825
Uranie (38) 1797-1807
British 38 Gun
5th Rate Frigate
1798 Renamed "Uranie"
 
San Fiorenzo (36) 1794-1837
British 36 Gun
5th Rate Frigate
Harry Burrard NealeBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1787-1814
Unicorn (32) 1794-1815
British 32 Gun
5th Rate Frigate
Philip WilkinsonBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1782-1814
Sylph (16) 1795-1811
British 16 Gun
Unrated Sloop
John Chambers WhiteBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1790-1845
Sulphur (10) 1797-1816
British 10 Gun
Unrated Bomb Vessel
John WainwrightBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1783-1811
Explosion (10) 1797-1807
British 10 Gun
Unrated Bomb Vessel
Henry Samuel ButtBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1792-1809
Volcano (10) 1797-1810
British 10 Gun
Unrated Bomb Vessel
Isaac CotgraveBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1780-1802
 

République Française

 
Spanish Squadron
Ship NameCommanderNotes
 

Notes on Action


DescriptionTRN4
Lord Bridport with ten sail of the line sailed on June 1st, for Basque road, and, on June 4th, sighted the Spanish squadron, which, as soon as it perceived him, moved to the road of Aix. The Admiral remained off Rochefort until the 8th, when he returned to England with the Royal George, 100, Atlas, 98, Achilles, 74, and Agincourt, 64, leaving, as a blockading force, the six 74-gun ships Mars (flag of Rear-Admiral the Hon. George Cranfield Berkeley), Venerable, Renown, Ajax, Ramillies, and Robust. Within the next few weeks, this squadron was joined by the Sans Pareil, 80, the Royal George, 100 (then bearing the flag of Rear-Admiral Charles Morice Pole), and several bombs and small craft; and, on the other hand, the Mars and Ramillies parted company. On July 2nd, Pole made an attack upon the Spanish ships, which were moored in line ahead between the Isle of Aix and the Boyart shoal, and which were protected by a floating mortar battery; but it was soon found that the French mortars were of so much greater range than the British that, while the latter could not reach their target at all, the former threw shells well over not only the British bombs but also the covering frigates. When, therefore, the enemy, finding that he could not be injured, began to assume the offensive, and to send gunboats to inflict additional annoyance upon the attacking party, both frigates and bombs were ordered to weigh and stand out. They were followed, for a time, by the hostile gunboats; and, in consequence, the French claimed the affair as a British defeat; but the fact is that on neither side was there any loss or damage. For some time afterwards, the Spaniards were blockaded, but in the middle of September they managed to put to sea.


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