Action near Columbo

23rd March 1653/54
Part of : Dutch/Portuguese War (1602 - 1661)
Previous action : Action of 15th Sepptember 1648 25.9.1648
Next action : 2nd Battle of Colombo 2.5.1654

Five Portugese galleons, escorting five merchantmen, forced their way passed three Dutch vessels that were blockading the port of Columbo. Two of the Dutch ships were captured, but then re-captured.



Portuguese Galleons

Five galleons.

  • Nazaré 42 (flag, António Pereira)
  • São João 38 (second flag, Álvaro de Novais)
  • Santo António de Mazagão 36 (António Sottomaior)
  • São José 34 (Francisco Machado Deca)
  • São Filipe e Santiago 24 (António de Abreu)
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Portugese Merchantmen

Five merchant galliots

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Dutch Republic

VOC Ships

Three ships of the Verenigde Oostindische Compagnie.

  • Windhond (flag?)
  • Renoçer (Rhinoceros) (second flag?)
  • Drommedaris (yacht)
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