Action of 18 February 1639

18th February 1639
Part of : Eighty Years War (1568 - 1648)
Previous action : Battle off Lizard Point 18th February 1637
Next action : Action of 18 September 1639 17th September 1639 - 19th September 1639

An attempt by the Spanish to break out of Dunkirk and join their fleet in Corunna. The attempt failed, but the Duthc were forced to abandon the blockade, so that after effecting repairs the Spanish were able to accomplish their mission.


Dutch Republic - Maarten Harpertszoon Tromp

Blockading Squadron, Maarten Harpertszoon Tromp
Ship NameGunsCommanderNotes
Aemilia (46) 57Barent Barentszoon CramerFleet Flagship
Prins Hendrik (30) 30Jan Adriaanszoon van Dieman
Gelderland (32) 32Willem van Coulster
Rotterdam (26) 26Sijbert Vijgh
Vlissingen (34) 34Johan EvertsenSquadron Flagship - Vice-Admiral's ship
Middelburg (30) 30Adriaen van Trappen BanckertSquadron Flagship - Rear-Admiral's ship
Veere (32) 32Cornelis Ringelszoon
Hazewind (28) 28Gerrit Hollaer
Deventer (28) 28Govert Gerritszoon Voorens, Robert Post
Walcheren (28) 28Jan Teuniszoon Sluys
Frederik Hendrik (36) 36Pieter Pieterszoon de Wint
Wapen van Nassau (38) 38Lieve Corneliszoon de Zeeuw

Spain - Miguel de Horna

Spanish Dunkirk Squadron, Miguel de Horna

12 galleons, 3 pinnaces, 5 transports (Wikipedia).

Galleons under Captains Mény and Petit, of 34 guns each, were captured. The Galleons San José, San Vicente, San Gedeón, Salvador, San Juan Evangelista, San Martín and San Carlos later left Dunkirk and sailed to Corunna.

Ship NameGunsCommanderNotes



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