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Raid on Rochefort

5th September 1757 - 6th October 1757
Part of : Seven Years' War (1756/05/17 - 1763/02/10)
Previous action : Prince Edward v French Frigate 24.8.1757
Next action : Southampton vs L'Emeraude 21.9.1757

 

Great Britain

 
British Squadron,
Edward HawkeBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1720-1776
Ship NameCommanderNotes
Ramillies (90) 1749-1760
British 90 Gun
2nd Rate Ship of the Line
James HobbsBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1728-1770
Fleet Flagship
Neptune (90) 1756-1816
British 90 Gun
2nd Rate Ship of the Line
James GalbraithBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1733-1780
Squadron Flagship
Princess Amelia (80) 1757-1788
British 80 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
Samuel GravesBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1732-1783
Squadron Flagship
Royal Anne (100) 1715-1767
British 100 Gun
1st Rate Ship of the Line
1756 Renamed "Royal Anne"
Sir William BurnabyBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1722-1770
Torbay (74) 1749-1784
British 74 Gun
2nd Rate Ship of the Line
1750 Renamed "Torbay"
Augustus KeppelBritish
Naval Sailor
Marine
Service 1743-1783
Namur (90) 1756-1804
British 90 Gun
2nd Rate Ship of the Line
Peter DenisBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1732-1778
Royal William (84) 1757-1813
British 84 Gun
2nd Rate Ship of the Line
Wittewronge TaylorBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1741-1760
Barfleur (80) 1755-1783
British 80 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
1764 Renamed "Barfleur Hulk"
Stephen ColbyBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1735-1779
Magnanime (74) 1748-1775
British 74 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
Richard HoweBritish
Naval Sailor
Marine
Service 1736-1799
Dublin (74) 1757-1784
British 74 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
George Brydges RodneyBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1740-1782
Burford (68) 1757-1785
British 68 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
James YoungBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1737-1778
Intrepid (60) 1747-1765
British 60 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
Edward PrattenBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1730-1759
Medway (60) 1755-1811
British 60 Gun
4th Rate Ship of the Line
1802 Renamed "Arundel"
Charles ProbyBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1745-1772
Dunkirk (60) 1754-1792
British 60 Gun
4th Rate Ship of the Line
Robert DigbyBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1752-1805
Achilles (60) 1756-1784
British 60 Gun
4th Rate Ship of the Line
The Hon. Samuel BarringtonBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1740-1794
America (60) 1757-1771
British 60 Gun
4th Rate Ship of the Line
John ByronBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1746-1780
Firedrake (10) 1742-1763
British 10 Gun
Unrated Bomb Vessel
Owen EdwardsBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1734-1758
Infernal (14) 1757-1774
British 14 Gun
Unrated Bomb Vessel
James MackenzieBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1734-1763
 
Ship NameCommanderNotes
Proserpine (8) 1757-1763
British 8 Gun
Unrated Fireship
Francis BanksBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1748-1772
 

Notes on Action


DescriptionTRN3
Early on the 23rd Vice-Admiral Knowles, with the Neptune, 90, Captain James Galbraith; Magnanime, 74, Captain the Hon. Richard Howe; Barfleur, 90, Captain Samuel Graves; Torbay, 74, Captain the Hon. Augustus Keppel; Royal William, 84, Captain Wittewronge Taylor, and two bombs, the Firedrake and Infernal, attacked the works on Aix. The Magnanime got into action within forty yards of the fort, and, she being well seconded by the Barfleur, in half an hour the position surrendered. It was taken possession of, and the defences were later destroyed. In the meantime vessels were sent to reconnoitre, and to sound for a suitable place of disembarkation on the mainland; but it was discovered that a landing in any case would be difficult, and that, if opposed, it could scarcely be effected. At a council of war, held on the 25th in the Neptune, it was therefore decided not to proceed; but at another council of war, on the 28th, this decision was reversed, and it was determined to attempt an attack, in spite of the fact that the enemy, who had been very active, was then better than ever prepared. Yet when, in the early morning of the 29th, all was ready, the wind blew off shore, and the scheme had finally to be abandoned. On October 1st the fleet sailed for England, and on the 6th arrived at Spithead. The collapse of the expedition, and the waste of money, which its mismanagement by the Government had entailed, caused grave public dissatisfaction.


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