Honour - Portland 1653

Date - 18/20 February
Type - Fleet or Squadron Actions 
Conflict - First Dutch War; 1652-54

Description The action was fought between a fleet of 80 English ships under General-at-sea Robert Blake and a Dutch fleet of similar size.

The Dutch under Tromp were escorting a merchant fleet of about 150 ships through the English Channel. The English had assembled at Portsmouth and the Dutch were sighted off Cape Le Havre. Tromp ordered the merchantmen away and attacked the English fleet.

Action was joined on he 18th off Portland and developed into a running battle which lasted for three days.

The Dutch were hampered by having to protect the convoy, which managed to reach Gravelines with minimum losses.

The battle ended when many English ships ran out of ammunition during the 3-day chase.

The Dutch lost 11 warships and 30 merchantmen, with 2,000 killed. The English lost one ship and 1,000 killed.

The battle marked a turning point in the First Dutch War.


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Ann and Joyce  Ann Piercy  Arms of Holland  Assistance  Assurance
Brazil frigate  Centurion  Charles  Chase  Convert 
Convertine  Cullen  Cygnet  Diamond  Discovery 
Dolphin  Dragon  Duchess  Eagle  Elizabeth and Ann 
Exchange  Expedition  Fairfax  Falmouth  Foresight 
Fortune  Gift  Gilliflower  Guinea  Hannibal 
Happy Entrance  Katherine  Kentish  Laurel  Lion 
Lisbon Merchant  Martin Mary ketch  Merlin  Nicodemus
Nightingale  Nonsuch  Oak  Old Warwick  Paradox 
Paul  Pearl  Pelican  Plover  President 
Princess Maria  Prosperous  Providence  Rainbow  Raven 
Reformation  Richard and Martha  Roebuck  Ruby  Ruth 
Sampson  Sapphire  Satisfaction  Speaker  Speaker's Prize 
Success  Sussex  Tenth Whelp  Thomas and Lucy  Thomas and William 
Tiger  Triumph  Tulip  Vanguard  Victory 
Waterhound  Welcome  William and John  Worcester   
This page last edited - 31 January, 2013.

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