Action of 18 February 1639

18th February 1638/39
Part of : Eighty Years War (1568 - 1648)
Previous action : Battle off Lizard Point 18.2.1636/37
Next action : Action of 18 September 1639 17.9.1639 - 19.9.1639

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 (1598-1653)

Blockading Squadron, Maarten Harpertszoon Tromp (1598-1653)
Ship NameCommanderNotes
Aemilia (57) Barent Barentszoon CramerFleet Flagship
Prins Hendrik (30) Jan Adriaanszoon van Dieman
Gelderland (32) Willem van Coulster
Rotterdam (26) Sijbert Vijgh (d.1642)
Vlissingen (34) Johan Evertsen (1600-1666)Squadron Flagship - Vice-Admiral's ship
Middelburg (30) Adriaen van Trappen Banckert (1615-1684)Squadron Flagship - Rear-Admiral's ship
Veere (32) Cornelis Ringelszoon
Hazewind (28) Gerrit Hollaer
Deventer (28) Govert Gerritszoon Voorens, Robert Post
Walcheren (28) Jan Teuniszoon Sluys
Frederik Hendrik (36) Pieter Pieterszoon de Wint
Wapen van Nassau (38) Lieve 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 NameCommanderNotes



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