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Action of June 20 1747

20th June 1747
Part of : War of the Austrian Succession (1740/12/16 - 1748/10/18)
Previous action : 1st Battle of Cape Finisterre 3.5.1747
Next action : Warwick vs Glorioso 15.7.1747

 

Great Britain

 
British Squadron,
Thomas FoxBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1712-1749
Ship NameCommanderNotes
Kent (64) 1746-1757
British 64 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
Thomas FoxBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1712-1749
Fleet Flagship
Hampton Court (64) 1744-1774
British 64 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
Savage MostynBritish
Naval Sailor
Centurion (50) 1733-1769
British 50 Gun
4th Rate Ship of the Line
1744 Renamed "Eagle"
1745 Renamed "Centurion"
Peter DenisBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1732-1778
Lion (58) 1738-1765
British 58 Gun
4th Rate Ship of the Line
Arthur ScottBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1739-1750
Chester (50) 1744-1767
British 50 Gun
4th Rate Ship of the Line
Richard SpryBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1733-1775
Hector (44) 1743-1762
British 44 Gun
5th Rate Ship
Thomas StanhopeBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1733-1745
Dolphin (8) 1732-1760
British 8 Gun
6th Rate Frigate
1755 Renamed "Firebrand"
1757 Renamed "Penquin"
Richard DorrillBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1739-1759
Fireship
Pluto (8) 1745-1747
British 8 Gun
Unrated Sloop
John LeggeBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1732-1747
Fireship
 

Royaume de France

 
French Convoy Escort,
Ship NameCommanderNotes
Le Magnanime (74) 1744-1748
French 74 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
Fleet Flagship
L'Alcide (64) 1743-1755
French 64 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
 
 
French West Indiamen
Ship NameCommanderNotes
 

Notes on Action


DescriptionTRN3
Captain Thomas Fox, of the Kent, 74, having put to sea with a small squadron in April, fell in, to the westward of the Bay of Biscay, on June 20th, with the large fleet of French West Indiamen which he had long been anxiously awaiting. The merchantmen were under the convoy of M. Dubois de La Motte, whose force consisted of three sail of the line and a frigate, a force inferior indeed to the six ships of Fox's squadron but not so far inferior as to justify the flight which followed. M. de La Jonquiere, in his encounter with Anson, had earned the gratitude of bis country by deliberately giving himself to be crushed that he might save his convoy; de La Motte shrank from the sacrifice, and took his men-of-war unscathed into Brest, while, of the West Indiamen, about fifty, to the value of upwards of a million, were picked up either by Fox himself or by Rear-Admiral Sir Peter Warren's squadron to leeward.


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