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Capture of the San Joaquín

7th August 1711
Part of : War of Spanish Succession (1701 - 1714)
Previous action : Action off Cartagena 17.7.1711
Next action : Occupation Of Majorca 11.6.1715 - 3.7.1715


Great Britain

British Squadron,
James LittletonBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1692-1719
Ship NameCommanderNotes
Salisbury (50) 1707-1716
British 50 Gun
4th Rate Ship of the Line
Sir Francis HosierBritish
Naval Sailor
Merchant Sailor
Service 1694-1727
Fleet Flagship
Jersey (54) 1698-1763
British 54 Gun
4th Rate Ship of the Line
1731 Renamed "Jersey Hulk"
Edward VernonBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1702-1746
Salisbury Prize (50) 1708-1739
British 50 Gun
4th Rate Ship of the Line
1716 Renamed "Preston"
Robert HarlandBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1700-1716
Newcastle (50) 1704-1728
British 50 Gun
4th Rate Ship of the Line
Sampson BourneBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1696-1719
Weymouth (50) 1693-1717
British 50 Gun
4th Rate Ship of the Line
Richard LestockBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1701-1746
Anglesea (50) 1694-1719
British 50 Gun
4th Rate Ship of the Line
Thomas LeggeBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1694-1710
Fowey (42) 1709-1746
British 42 Gun
5th Rate Frigate
1744 Renamed "Queenborough"
Robert ChadwickBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1693-1719


Spanish Ships,
Miguel Agustin VillanuevaSpanish
Naval Sailor
Service 1661-1711
Ship NameCommanderNotes
San Joaquín (64) 1699-1711
Spanish 64 Gun
3rd Rate Ship of the Line
Pedro García de AsarteSpanish
Naval Sailor

Notes on Action


On August 7 the galleon San Joaquin, in company with a tender, sees a squadron that it thinks are the vessels of the French fleet. Actually it was the English squadron of Commodore Littleton, who had sailed from Port Royal, Jamaica, on 26 July.

When Villanueva realizes the error it is too late and he decides to confront the British. The San Joaquin eventually surrendered, but only after Villanueva was killed by a musket ball. The British had one dead and six wounded. The tender accompanying the ship would be captured by the Jersey.


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