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Duke's attack at St Tropez

14th June 1742 (1742/06/25 NS)
Part of : War of Jenkins' Ear (1739/10/22 - 1748/10/18)
Previous action : Action of 1741-07-24 24.7.1741
Next action : Attack on La Guaira 18.2.1742/43


Great Britain

Ship NameCommanderNotes
Duke (8) 1739-1742
British 8 Gun
Unrated Fireship
Smith CallisBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1731-1760

Notes on Action

The destruction of five Spanish galleys at St. Tropez in June, 1742, was a spirited piece of service. Captain Richard Norris, of the Kingston, 60, had been detached, with the Oxford, 50, and Duke, fireship, in company, to blockade them; but as St. Tropez, being a French port, was neutral, there would have been no attack had not the galleys been so ill-advised as to fire upon the British. On June 13th, therefore, Norris gave orders to Commander Smith Callis, of the Duke, to go in and do his utmost to destroy the galleys at the mole. Callis went in on the 14th, and fired his ship with such good effect, that the whole of the five were destroyed. So rapidly did he carry out his orders that nothing was saved from the Duke, not even the ship's or officers' papers. For his success, Callis was posted to the Assistance.

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