Siege of Danzig

11th June 1734 - 9th July 1734
Part of : War of the Polish Succession (1733 - 1738)



Russian Squadron, Thomas Gordon (c.1658-1740/41)
Ship NameCommanderNotes
Piotr I i II (100) R LitelFleet Flagship
Sviatoi Aleksandr (76)  Fleet Flagship
Leferm (70)  Fleet Flagship
Slava Rossii (66)  Fleet Flagship
Narva (66)  Fleet Flagship
Vyborg (66)  Fleet Flagship
Panteleimon Viktoria (66)  Fleet Flagship
Shlisselburg (60)  Fleet Flagship
Riga (54)  Fleet Flagship
Novaia Nadezhada (54)  Fleet Flagship
Devonshir (52)  Fleet Flagship
Arondel (50)  
Esperans (40)  
Iupiter (4)  
Donder (4)  

Royaume de France

French Ships
Ship NameCommanderNotes
Fleuron (64)  
L'Astree (30)  
Le Brilliant (16)   Captured

Notes on Action

On May 26th, 1734, Admiral Gordon left Kronstadt with a fleet of fourteen battleships,[ Petr I. i 11. 100, Sv. Aleksandr 70, Leferm 70, Natalia 66, Slava Eossie 66, Narva 64, Shlisselburg 60, Marlburg 60, Petr 11. 54, Vyborg 54, Riga 54, Novaya Nadezhda 54, Devonshir 52, Panteleimon Viktoria 50.] five frigates, and two bomb vessels. On June 6th he reached Pillau, and on the 11th he moved to Danzig. In the harbour lay a French frigate, the Brillant 30. In the afternoon of June 12th the Russian bomb vessel Yupiter 6, supported by the frigates Arondel 50 and Esperans 44 [Both probably had reduced armament] approached the French ship and opened fire. After about an hour's action the Brillant withdrew, under the guns of Weichselmiinde. From the 15th onwards the shore batteries were bombarded by the bomb vessels Yupiter 6 and Donder 6 and the frigates Esperans 44 and Star Femks 36, in conjunction with the land forces, and on the 23rd the fortress of Weichselmiinde surrendered. With it the Russians got possession of three French ships, the Brillant 30, a hoy of fourteen guns, and a pram of eight. On June 29th the fleet left Danzig, on July 9th it visited Revel, and on the 13th it was back at Kronstadt. Danzig was forced to capitulate on July 9th, but Stanislaus escaped. He abandoned his claims on the Polish throne, which was given to Augustus III., and in return was made Duke of Lorraine with the title of King. Louis XV. was pacified by the promise that on the death of Stanislaus, Lorraine, formerly part of the Empire, should pass to France.


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