Action off Flushing

1st August 1757
Fought at : Vlissingen - Zeeland - Walcheren
Part of : Seven Years' War (1756/05/17 - 1763/02/10)
Previous action : Louisbourg Expedition 8.1757 - 10.1757
Next action : Prince Edward v French Frigate 24.8.1757

The British 24-gun ship Seahorse, commanded by Captain Thomas Taylor, having under his orders the Raven and Bonetta sloops, Captains John Bover and John Clarke, being off Ostend, fell in with two 12-pounder French frigates. The Seahorse being at anchor with the two sloops, immediately weighed and stood out to meet the enemy; and at 12h. 30m. p.m., brought the weathermost ship to action, within pistol-shot distance. The fire of the British ship induced her opponent, after a short engagement, to bear up and close her consort to leeward, under jury topmasts ; but she was closely followed by the Seahorse, which ship, for a considerable time single-handed, engaged the two French ships. The Raven and Bonetta joining, the frigates, at 3h. 45m., bore up and made all sail away, leaving the Seahorse so much cut up in sails and rigging that she was unable to chase them. The Seahorse, in her gallant action, had ten men killed or mortally wounded, and nine wounded, including her captain, slightly. Captain Bover, of the Raven, was also wounded. The Bonetta was disabled early in the action, and did not render any material service.


Great Britain

British ships
Ship NameCommanderNotes
Seahorse (24) Thomas Taylor (1721-1797)Squadron Flagship 10 killed, 9 wounded
Bonetta (10) John Clark (c.1712-1789)
Raven (14) William Long (c.1704-1778)

Royaume de France

French ships, François Thurot (1727-1760)
Ship NameCommanderNotes
Le Maréchal de Belleisle (46) François Thurot (1727-1760)
Le Chauvelin (36)  

Notes on Action

fought off Flushing on 1st August, with the Seahorse, a 24-gun frigate, carrying 9-pounders. After an engagement lasting three hours and a half, the Seahorse was almost dismantled and had eight men killed, and seventeen badly wounded. She was of much smaller force than either the Belleisle or the Chauvelin, and ought to have been captured.

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