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Sinking of the San Isidoro

2nd March 1742/43 (1743/03/13 NS)
Part of : War of Jenkins' Ear (1739/10/22 - 1748/10/18)
Previous action : Attack on La Guaira 18.2.1742/43
Next action : Attack on Porto Cabello 15.4.1743 - 24.4.1743


Allied (Great Britain & Scotland)

Ship NameCommanderNotes
Ipswich (70) 1730-1764
British 70 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
1757 Renamed "Ipswich Hulk"
William MartinBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1708-1747
Revenge (70) 1742-1787
British 70 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
George BerkeleyBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1709-1745
Anne Galley (8) 1739-1744
British 8 Gun
Unrated Fireship
James MackyBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1734-1744


Ship NameCommanderNotes
San Isidro (60) 1730-1743
Spanish 60 Gun
4th Rate Ship of the Line
Gil Fernando Lage de CueillySpanish
Naval Sailor
Service 1693-1793

Notes on Action

Early in 1743, Vice-Admiral Thomas Mathews, hearing that the Spanish ship San Isidoro, 70, was lying in the Bay of Ajaccio, sent in the Ipswich, 70, Captain William Martin, Revenge, 70, Captain George Berkeley, and the Anne Galley, fireship, to bring her out. Her captain refused to yield to the odds arrayed against him, and opened fire, but finding it impossible to hold the ship, he ordered her to be burnt. She blew up before all her people had been taken out of her, and a considerable number of men perished.

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Posted by Brian Stephens on Monday 5th of May 2014 21:11

The Gentleman's magazine. v. 13 (1743).
Letter from on board his Majesty's ship Ipswich, Captain Martin, at the Island of Hierres, dated Feb. 27
We, together with his Majesty's ship Revenge, and Anne fire ship went the 19th inst. into Ajaccio a Port in the Island of Corsica, where lay the St. Isadore, a Spanish ship of war of 70 guns, which had been there near a year, and summoned the Captain of her to deliver her up, and upon his refusal we gave her a broadside, which they returned; but the Spanish commander perceiving he could not avoid being taken, set her on fire, which about an hour after, blew up, with 50 of her men, the rest of the crew, being about 200, got on shore. Two of the men in the Revenge had their arms shot off.

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