NAVAL BATTLES BY OCEAN, SEA & RIVER

Pacific

 

1941-45

The Pacific War

The 35 most important battles, with orbats, accessible through a map- interface. Maps are large and slow loading.

Alternative List Of Pacific battles

Pacific

Andean Littoral

1865

The Battle of Papudo

A naval engagement fought between Spain and a combined Peruvian-Chilean fleet on November 26, 1865.

55 miles north of Valparaiso, Chile, near the coastal commune of Papudo.

Pacific

Andean Littoral

1828

Punta Malpelo / Malpelo Point

Punta Malpelo, Tumbes, near the. Peruvian-Ecuador border (3° 40’S).

Peruvian Victory Over Two Colombian ships

Pacific

Andean Littoral

1879

Punta Chipana

Corvette action: Unión vs Pilcomayo

 

Pacific

Andean Littoral

1879

Pisagua

 

 

Pacific

Andean Littoral

1877

Pacocha

Admiral Bickford was a gunnery officer in the corvette HMS Amethyst, and saw action against the Peruvian iron-clad ship Huascar in the Battle of Pacocha, on May 29 1877, off Chile

 

Pacific

Andean Littoral

1879

Magallanes

 

 

Pacific

Andean Littoral

January 12th 1838

Islay

Off Latin America

 

Pacific

Andean Littoral

1879

Iquique

Peruvian “Huascar” Beat Chilean “Esmerelda”

 

Pacific

Andean Littoral

1877

Iquique

The Peruvian Ironclad Huascar Fought Two

British ships

 

Pacific

Andean Littoral

1914 November 1

Coronel

German cruisers under von Spee defeat British force, midway down the Chilean coast

 

Pacific

Andean Littoral

1880

Chancay

Sinking Of The Covadonga

Peruvian Victory Over Chile

Pacific

Andean Littoral

1839

Casma

Jean Blanchet, a privateer in Peruvian service, sailed from Callao and attacked three Chilean ships under Robert Simpson. Although part of his troops were on land, Simpson put up a fight and captured a Peruvian brig.

Blanchet was killed but his damaged ships escaped to Guayaquil where they took neutral flags.

Pacific

Andean Littoral

May 25th, 1880

Callao

Peruvian Victory Over Chile

 

Pacific

Andean Littoral

1824

Callao

 

 

Pacific

Andean Littoral

1820

Callao

Lord Cochrane

 

Pacific

Andean Littoral

1820 on

Battles of the Peruvian navy

 

 

Pacific

Andean Littoral

1880

Arica

Running the blockade; Spanish language site

 

Pacific

Andean Littoral

1903

Antofagasta

 

 

Pacific

Andean Littoral

1879

Antofagasta

 

 

Pacific

Andean Littoral

1879

Angamos

The Huáscar was captured by Chile during the War of the Pacific

 

Pacific

Andean Littoral

(February 7th, 1866),

Abtao

 

Near to Chiloe island.

Peruvian – Chilean

Victory Over The Spanish royal fleet.

Pacific

Andean Littoral

1866

“2 De Mayo”

Off Peru

 

Pacific

Bering Sea

1943 March 26

Aleutians Komandorski Islands

US cruiser force turns back a Japanese fleet

Alternative site

Pacific

Bismarck Sea

2-5 Mar 1943

Bismarck Sea

Us/Australian V. Japanese

 

Pacific

Coral Sea

1942 May 8

 

Coral Sea

The Allies Defended Australia And Port Moresby In New Guinea From Japanese seaborne thrusts.

 

Pacific

Coral Sea

May 4-8, 1942

Coral Sea

Us V. Japanese

 

Pacific

Fareastern Waters

10 Aug 1904

Yellow Sea

Russian V. Japanese

 

Pacific

Fareastern Waters

1904

Yellow Sea

Japan defeats Russia

 

Pacific

Fareastern Waters

1894 September 17

Yalu River

Japan defeats Chinese off Korea

 

Pacific

Fareastern Waters

4-12 Feb 1895

Weihaiwei

Chinese V. Japanese

 

Pacific

Fareastern Waters

1419

Tsushima Strait

Chinese/Korean V. Japanese

 

Pacific

Fareastern Waters

1905 May 27-28

Tsushima

website

The Russian Baltic fleet sails round the world to the Far Eastern theatre, its commanders riven with dissension, its crew with mutiny, and its ships covered with coal and monkeys, but is defeated by Tojo in the straits between Korea and Japan

This was one of the most masterly and decisive naval battles of all time

Pacific

Fareastern Waters

1941-45

The Imperial Japanese Navy

 

 

Pacific

Fareastern Waters

1893-94

Rio de Janeiro (Guanabara Bay)

Mutineers supported a rebel army with ops around Rio. Their turret ship Javary was sunk in a duel with shore batteries.

Later, off the Southern coast of Brazil, the battleship Aquidaban was torpedoed by the torpedo gunboat Sampaio.

Pacific

Fareastern Waters

1885 February 13

Raid on Shipu

French attack Chinese ships

 

Pacific

Fareastern Waters

10 Dec 1941

Prince Of Wales And Repulse

British V. Japanese

 

Pacific

Fareastern Waters

1904-5

Port Arthur

Japanese bottle up the Russian fleet in this crowded harbour, bombarding the ships and attacking with torpedo boats

 

Pacific

Fareastern Waters

1869 May 4-10

 

Hakodate

 

 

Pacific

Fareastern waters

1964

 

Gulf of Tonkin

An alleged attack by North Vietnamese vessels on US ships, probably manufactured to justify US intervention.

 

Pacific

Fareastern Waters

1893

French Gunboat Diplomacy in Siam

 

 

 

Pacific

Fareastern Waters

1884 August 23

Foochow

Small French squadron annihilates Chinese force at Foochow (Fuzhou)

 

Pacific

Fareastern Waters

1894 July 25

Feng-tao

Japan defeats China

 

Pacific

Fareastern Waters

1281

Dazaifu

Chinese/Korean V. Japanese

 

Pacific

Fareastern Waters

1185 April 25

Dan-no-ura

In the inland sea, off present-day Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi, Japan

 

Pacific

Fareastern Waters

8 Feb 1904

Che-Mul-Pho

Japanese V. Russian

 

Pacific

Oceania

1941 December 7

 

Pearl Harbor

The valuable ships of the US Pacific fleet [the aircraft carriers] were at sea when a surprise Japanese air strike went in simultaneously with them declaring war.

– some say out of foreknowledge, and that the antiquated ships were left in harbour to provide a ready made massacre that would inflame public opinion!

Pacific

Oceania

1942 June 4-5

Midway

US fleet sinks four Japanese carriers in western Pacific Ocean

 

Pacific

Oceania

1847-1899

European intervention in Samoa

 

 

Pacific

Philippine Sea

1944 June 19

Philippine Sea

US shoots down hundreds of Japanese aircraft in "The Great Marianas Turkey Shoot"

 

Pacific

Solomons Sea

1942 November 30

 

Tassafaronga

 

 

Pacific

Solomons Sea

1942 – 3

Solomon Islands campaign August 1942 – February 1943

 

Battles of

GuadalcanalSavo I.Eastern SolomonsCape EsperanceSanta Cruz Is.Naval GuadalcanalTassafarongaRennell I.Blackett StraitOperation CartwheelNew GeorgiaKula GulfKolombangaraVella GulfHoraniuVella LavellaNaval Vella LavellaTreasury Is.ChoiseulEmpress Augusta BayCape St. GeorgeGreen Is.Bougainville

 

 

Pacific

Solomons Sea

1942 August 8

Savo Island

Japanese destroy a US cruiser force

 

Pacific

Solomons Sea

1942 October 26

Santa Cruz Islands

near Guadalcanal, USS Hornet sunk, but Japanese withdraw

website

Pacific

Solomons Sea

January 29

Rennell Island

USS Chicago lost

 

Pacific

Solomons Sea

7 August 1942 - 6 March 1943

Guadalcanal

Very detailed site on this series of battles

 

Pacific

Solomons Sea

July 6th, 1943

First and Second battles of Kula Gulf

Us V. Japanese

 

Pacific

Solomons Sea

1943 November 2

 

Empress Augusta Bay

 

 

Pacific

Solomons Sea

1942 August 24

Eastern Solomons

Japanese aircraft carrier Ryuho sunk

 

Pacific

Solomons Sea

Nov 24th, 1943

Cape St George

Japanese V. Us

 

Pacific

Solomons Sea

1942

Cape Esperance

Off Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands

 

Pacific

Sulu Sea

 

1898 May 1

 

Manila Bay

US Navy attacks the Spanish fleet at anchor

 

Pacific

Sulu Sea

1600 December 14

Manila

Netherlands vs Spain

 

Pacific

Sulu Sea

1944 October 23-26

 

Leyte Gulf

The Japanese fleet was crushed in gigantic actions in the Sibuyan Sea, the Surigao Straits, off Samar, and off Cape Engano

 

Mediterranean

 

Aegean

 

1823 September 27

Lemnos

Greece vs Turkey west of Lemnos

 

Mediterranean

 

1620 May 11

 

Venice defeats Spanish under Ribera

 

Mediterranean

Adriatic

1914-18

World War I

 

Austria-Hungary had a navy consisting of four dreadnoughts, six 20 knot battleships, seven 2nd class battleships, four cruisers, four old cruisers (two armoured and two torpedo rams) with numerous destroyers and torpedo boats and eighteen submarines.

 

Mediterranean

Adriatic

800 – 1797

Venetian battles

 

 

Mediterranean

Adriatic

1870-1914

The Austro-Italian Naval Race

 

France had her North African colonies, while Italy was keen to acquire some. Austria-Hungary had her long Mediterranean - Ionian Sea Sea coastline for which to cater.

 

 

Mediterranean

Adriatic

 

The Austro-Hungarian Navy

 

The prime source of information on the "K.u.k. Kriegsmarine" and the Danube flotilla that fired the first shots of World War I. Currently emphasizes the First World War.

 

Mediterranean

Adriatic

47 .bc

Tauris

Tauris = Scedro, a little island between Hvar and Korula

Caesar's general Vatinius in Brundisi defeated the Octavian fleet, sinking its flagship.

Mediterranean

Adriatic

 

433 BC

 

Sybota

Believed To Be Off The Coast Of Epirus

0433

Mediterranean

Adriatic

1917

 

Raid on the Otranto Barrage

 

Map Of Otranto Strait

Mediterranean

Adriatic

Oct 1379

Pulj

Genoese V. Venetian

 

Mediterranean

Adriatic

1617 November

Osuna’s victory

Suspecting Venetian anti-Spanish activities, the Duke of Osuna, Viceroy of Naples & Sicily, narrowly defeated a Venetian fleet in the Adriatic

 

Mediterranean

Adriatic

551

Off Senigallia

Roman V. Goths off the Umbrian port of the same name

 

Mediterranean

Adriatic

1866 July 20

Off Lissa / Vis

Austrians under Admiral von Tegetthoff rams and drives off superior Italian fleet under Persano, in what is said to be the world’s first ironclad battle

 

Mediterranean

Adriatic

1811 March 13

Lissa / Vis

British frigate fleet defeats superior French/Venetian fleet

 

Mediterranean

Adriatic

1296 or 1299

Curzola / Korčula

Genoa defeats Venetian fleet and captures Marco Polo, who writes his memoirs while a prisoner.

 

Mediterranean

Adriatic?

1797 March 26

 

Austrian vessels, supported by Venetian battleship, fight off French attack

 

Mediterranean

Aegean

677

 

Syllaeum

website

the Arab fleet was destroyed by Greek fire, a new Byzantine weapon that had been used for the first time only a few years before.

As the Arabs retreated they were caught in a storm that sank nearly all of their ships

Mediterranean

Aegean

June 14 and 15

Suda Bay

Greece defeats Turkey And Egypt Near Suda Bay On The North Coast Of Crete

 

Mediterranean

Aegean

January, 411 BC

Simi / Syme

With about twenty ships the Athenian Charminus battled with the Spartan left wing, the only portion visible to him in the storm that was blowing. He sank three ships before the rest of the Spartan fleet arrived and surrounded him. Charminus retreated to Halicarnassus after losing six ships.

The fleets met during a storm, with poor visibility, and after many of the Spartan ships had become separated from the main fleet.

Mediterranean

Aegean

1770 July 5-7

Second Chesma / Chesme

Off western Turkey, Russian fleet defeats and burns Turkish fleet

 

Mediterranean

Aegean

1824 September 9

 

Second Budrun (Bodrun?)

Off SW Anatolia

 

Mediterranean

Aegean

5 Jul 1769

Scio / Chesme

The Empress Christina’s Russian fleet had broken through the Dardanelles. Admiral Greig, with four line and two frigates, attacked the Turkish fleet in their Anatolian harbour, with fireships. The British officers of the Russian fleet held pistols to the heads of the petrified steersmen to keep them to their duty.

After the fleet was destroyed, the town was bombarded; ere nine o’clock at night there was scarcely a vestige of the town or fortress, or of the fleet that had existed at mid-day.

Mediterranean

Aegean

1826 July 27

Samos

Greeks Vs Turkey Near Samos

 

Mediterranean

Aegean

480 .bc

Salamis

Greeks beat the Persians with a “periplus” outflanking manouevre, employing Aeginan ships issuing from their home port and from behind a headland. The Persians finally called off their invasion of Greece.

This classic sea battle took place in The Saronic Gulf Near Athens, off the island of Aegina.

Mediterranean

Aegean

April

Rhodes

4 Maltese defeat 13 Turks near Rhodes

 

Mediterranean

Aegean

190BC

Panormus / Panionion

Seleucids issue from their base at Ephesus, and defeat Rhodians, who are allied to Egypt & trying to resist a Macedonian – Seleucid alliance.

east of Samos

Mediterranean

Aegean

407 .bc

Notium / Notion

Peloponnesian War: Spartans Bt. Athenians NE Of Samos, the Athenian base.

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Mediterranean

Aegean

1698 September 20

Near Samothrace / Samotrakia

Venice vs Turkey, Tripoli and Tunis

 

Mediterranean

Aegean

1688 June 15

Naxos

Venice again attacks "Alexandria Caravan" with its Turkish and Algerian escort east of Naxos, .

In The Cyclades

Mediterranean

Aegean

1686 July 12

Naxos

Venice Attacks "Alexandria Caravan" With Its Turkish And Tripolitan Escort Between Naxos And Nicaria

In The Cyclades

Mediterranean

Aegean

 

376 BC

 

Naxos

In The Cyclades

0376

Mediterranean

Aegean

 

Nauplia / Navplia

On the Bay of Argos

 

Mediterranean

Aegean

190BC

Myonnesus

Romans defeat Seleucids

north of Samos

Mediterranean

Aegean

1690 September 8

Mitylene

Venice Fights The Combined Fleet Of Turkey, Algiers, Tripoli And Tunis Near Mitylene

 

Mediterranean

Aegean

1826 September 10 and 11

Mitylene

Greeks vs Turkey near Mitylene

 

Mediterranean

Aegean

1686 October 4

Mitylene

Venice vs Turkey near Mitylene, on or near Lesbos.

 

Mediterranean

Aegean

1717 June 12, 13 and 16

Mediterranean

Venice vs Turkey in northern Mediterranean

 

Mediterranean

Aegean

1913

Lemnos

The Greeks Drove The Turk Fleet Back Into The Dardanelles, Winning Control Of The Aegean. Swiftly Followed By The First Ever Naval Air Mission – The Bombing Of The Turk fleet at Nagara.

The Final Naval Battle Of The First Balkan War

Mediterranean

Aegean

 

1912 October

 

Lemnos

During The Balkan And Italo-Turkish Wars

 

Mediterranean

Aegean

1943

Landing On Simi

Dodecanese

 

Mediterranean

Aegean

334BC

Lade Island

Alt site

 

Mediterranean

Aegean

494bc

Lade

The Persian (Phoenician) fleet met the Greeks off the island of Lade opposite Miletus. The Ionian Greeks and others held back, and the rest were easily beaten, causing the surrender of besieged Miletus.

Site of the battle

Mediterranean

Aegean

1717 July 19

Gulf of Laconia,

Venice And Its Allies Vs Turkey, Between Capes Matapan (Tanaro) And Malea on S coast of Peloponnese

 

Mediterranean

Aegean

1649 May 12

 

Focchies

Near Izmir (Smyrna) a Venetian fleet of 19 ships, under Giacomo Riva, defeated a Turkish fleet of 11 ships, 10 galleasses (mahons) and 72 galleys.

During The Cretan Wars

Mediterranean

Aegean

1824 September

First Budrun (Bodrun?)

Greeks Vs Turkey And Egypt, Off SW Anatolia

 

Mediterranean

Aegean

376BC

Delos

In The Cyclades

 

Mediterranean

Aegean

1662 September 29

Defeat of the “Alexandria Caravan"

Venice defeats Turkish "Alexandria Caravan" between Kos and Kalymnos in the Dodecanese

 

Mediterranean

Aegean

1667 February 25 and 26

Crete

Venice defeats Turkey near Crete

 

Mediterranean

Aegean

258 BC

Cos

In the Dodecanese islands

0258

Mediterranean

Aegean

191BC

Corycus [Cissus]

Romans defeat Seleucids, who are allied to Macedon.

 

between Chios and Samos

Mediterranean

Aegean

394 .bc

Cnidus

Spartan V. Persian, Off The Peninsula Of The Same Name Between Rhodes And Marmaris.

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Mediterranean

Aegean

201BC

Chios

 

Rhodes and Pergamum together defeat Macedon

 

northeast of Chios

Mediterranean

Aegean

1822 June 18-19

Chios

Greek rebel fleet under Constantine Kanaris defeats Turkish fleet of Kara Ali

 

Mediterranean

Aegean

 

201 BC

 

Chios

Philip V of Macedon defeated by the Egyptians, Rhodians, and Pergamese in the Dodecanese

0201

Mediterranean

Aegean

1825 June 28 and 29

Cerigo

Greeks vs Turkey And Egypt South Of Cerigo, The Island Between Cape Malea And Crete

 

Mediterranean

Aegean

1646 August 14

Canea, Crete

Inconclusive fight between Christians and Turks near Canea, Crete

 

Mediterranean

Aegean

1645 October 1

Canea, Crete

Christians vs Turks near Canea, Crete

 

Mediterranean

Aegean

1645 September 28 or 29

Canea

Christians vs Turks between Suda and Canea, Crete

 

Mediterranean

Aegean

1807 July 1

Athos (Lemnos)

Russian Fleet Under Admiral Alexei Seniavin Defeats Turks Near Mouth Of Dardanelles

 

Mediterranean

Aegean

1770 June 4

Athens

Russia vs Turkey South of Athens

 

Mediterranean

Aegean

480bc

Artemisium

A 2 day Greek V. Persian battle off Euboea

0480

Mediterranean

Aegean

406 bc

Arginusae islands

Peloponnesian V. Athenians

Between Lesbos And Anatolia

Mediterranean

Aegean

1825 June 1

Andros

Greece defeats Turkey between Euboea and Andros

 

Mediterranean

Aegean

1671 May

Aegina

Privateers Beat Off A Force Of Turkish Galleys Near Aegina, The Island In The Saronic Gulf

 

Mediterranean

Aegean

July 8 and 10

 

Venetians under Mocenigo defeat Turks

 

Mediterranean

Eastern Mediterranean

1973

Yom Kippur War

Red Sea & off the Levant

The world’s first missile boat battles

Mediterranean

Eastern Mediterranean

1824 November 12 and 13

Spinalonga

Greeks vs Turkey and Egypt near Spinalonga

 

Mediterranean

Eastern Mediterranean

190 BC      

Side

Rhodians defeat Seleucids

Side (port in Pamphylia)

Mediterranean

Eastern Mediterranean

1827 September 29

Salona Bay

Greeks vs Turkey in Salona Bay

 

Mediterranean

Eastern Mediterranean

1823 October 23

Pondikonisi

Greeks vs Turkey near Pondikonisi

 

Mediterranean

Eastern Mediterranean

1668 February 8 and 9

Pelagia

Venice defeats Turkey near Pelagia

 

Mediterranean

Eastern Mediterranean

352 .bc

Pagasaean Gulf

Phocian V. Macedonian

0352

Mediterranean

Eastern Mediterranean

1798 August 1–3

Nile Delta - Aboukir Bay / “battle of the Nile

 

Bonaparte landed in Egypt to interrupt British Imperial communications with India. Nelson unsuccessfully sought Napoleon on the open sea, but did learn that the French warships were at anchor in Aboukir Bay at the mouth of the Nile.

With night falling and facing a superior fleet, the famous British Admiral Nelson instigated one of the greatest naval battles of all time.

Mediterranean

Eastern Mediterranean

c. 1190BC

Nile

 

The Egyptians surprised the 'Sea Peoples' in the Nile delta, with furled sails – their ships may have lacked oars. The Pharoah’s troops grappled the invaders’ ships, immobilizing them; soldiers boarded whilst archers on ship and shore contributed to the victory.

A long article here, well illustrated from ancient inscriptions and murals.

Mediterranean

Eastern Mediterranean

September 22

Nikaria

Greeks vs Egypt near Nikaria

 

Mediterranean

Eastern Mediterranean

190 .bc

Myonnesus

Roman V. Antiochus

0190

Mediterranean

Eastern Mediterranean

1661 August 27

Milos

Venice and Malta defeat Turkey near Milos

 

Mediterranean

Eastern Mediterranean

190 BC

Eurymedon River (II)

Roman Forces Under Lucius Aemilius Regillus Defeat A Seleucid Fleet Commanded By Hannibal, On The South Coast Of Anatolia

 

Mediterranean

Eastern Mediterranean

465 BC

 

Eurymedon River

Off the coast of Pamphylia, the Athenian admiral Cimon defeated the Persians in a double battle. During the day, he defeated the Persian navy at the estuary of the the Eurymedon, and during the night, he unexpectedly attacked the camp of his enemies.

At the Persian court, the news of the defeat created great unrest, and king Xerxes was murdered.

Mediterranean

Eastern Mediterranean

191 .bc

Cyssus

Roman V. Antiochus

0191

Mediterranean

Eastern Mediterranean

450s BC

 

Cypriot Salamis

Salamis Bay at eastern end of Cyprus

0450

Mediterranean

Eastern Mediterranean

306 BC

Cypriot Salamis

In Salamis Bay at eastern end of Cyprus, Demetrius I Poliorcetes defeats the fleet of Menelaeus brother of Ptolemy I of Egypt

0306

Mediterranean

Eastern Mediterranean

307 .bc

Cypriot Salamis

Macedonian V. Egyptian

0307

Mediterranean

Eastern Mediterranean

411 .bc

Cynoessema

Peloponnesian V. Athenian

0411

Mediterranean

Eastern Mediterranean

458 .bc

Cryphalea

Athenian V. Peloponnesian

0458

Mediterranean

Eastern Mediterranean

1668 (late) -

Crete

Barbary "Turks" defeat Venice south of Crete

 

Mediterranean

Eastern Mediterranean

1882 July 11

Bombardment of Alexandria

 

 

Mediterranean

Eastern Mediterranean

1840

Acre

Bombardment of Acre

 

Mediterranean

Eastern Mediterranean

655

Battle Of The Masts”

200 Arab ships defeat 500 Byzantines by chaining themselves together, thus converting affairs into a land battle on the sea.

Between Rhodes And Cyprus

Mediterranean

Eastern Mediterranean

1697 July 6, September 1, September 20

 

Contarini (Venice) vs Turkey in a series of battles

 

Mediterranean

Eastern Mediterranean

1659 August 26 or 27

 

Contarini (Venice) vs Kapudan Pasha (Turkey)

 

Mediterranean

Gulf Of Lyon

13 Mar 1795

Genoa

British V. French

 

Mediterranean

Gulf Of Lyons

1795 July 13th

Hyères Islands

Hood (British) With 14 Battleships Defeats Villaret-Joyeuse (French) With 12   East Of Toulon

 

Mediterranean

Ionian Sea

1499 August

 

Zonchio

 

 

Mediterranean

Ionian sea

1821 March 4

Zakinthos

Greeks vs Turkey north-west of Zakinthos (Zante)

 

Mediterranean

Ionian Sea

1772 November 6-8

west of Patrai / Patras

Russia defeats Turkey

 

Mediterranean

Ionian Sea

1804 August 3, 7, 23/24 and 28 and September 2

Tripoli

5 raids on Tripoli

 

Mediterranean

Ionian Sea

1797 May 16

Tripoli

Danish vessels get the better of Tripolitanian corsairs near Tripoli, Libya

 

Mediterranean

Ionian Sea

 

the Inousses islands

Below Methoni are the islands known as the Inousses; many naval battles and shipwrecks here.

 

Mediterranean

Ionian Sea

1940 November 1

Taranto

British fleet attacks Italians anchored at Taranto, inspiring the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor

 

Mediterranean

Ionian Sea

1625 June 26

Syracuse, Sicily

6 Bizertans defeat 5 Maltese galleys near Syracuse, Sicily

 

Mediterranean

Ionian Sea

March 22

 

Second Syrte

Libyan coast?

Italians press the issue against a Malta convoy.

Mediterranean

Ionian Sea

429BC

Rhium / Chalcis

In The Gulf Of Patras

 

Mediterranean

Ionian Sea

425 BC

Pylos

 

0425

Mediterranean

 

Ionian Sea

1940 July 9

Punta Stilo

British Fleet Attacks Italian Fleet Off Calabria

photosite

Mediterranean

Ionian Sea

1538 September 28

Preveza

website

At The Entrance To The Ambracian Gulf; alternative website

Ottoman fleet under Barbarossa defeats Spanish-Venetian fleet

Mediterranean

Ionian Sea

October 28th 1772

Patras

Displaying great ingenuity, Catherine the Great’s Russian fleet penetrated to the Ionian and defeated a Turkish fleet

 

Mediterranean

Ionian Sea

1825 November 15

near Navarin / Navarino

Greeks vs Turkey (and allies?) near Navarin / Navarino, off the west coast of the Morea

 

Mediterranean

Ionian Sea

Oct. 20, 1827

Navarino

Egyptian/Turkish fleet destroyed by allied

British/French/Russian fleet in famous clash off west coast of Morea.

 

Mediterranean

Ionian Sea

429 .bc

Naupactus

Athenian V. Peloponnesian

0429

Mediterranean

 

Ionian Sea

1825 August 3, November 25, 26, 29, 30 and December 6 and 7

Missolonghi

. vs Turkey (and allies?) near Missolonghi

 

Mediterranean

Ionian Sea

1500

 

Methoni / Modon / Modone/ Methonie

Modon / Modone/ Methoni Was A Large Venetian Settlement On Cape Akritas, The Westernmost Of The Three Peloponnesian peninsulas.

 

Mediterranean

Ionian Sea

1571 October 7

Lepanto

website

Christian coalition decisively defeats Turkey in the Gulf of Patras off Nafpaktos / Naupactus

 

Mediterranean

Ionian Sea

December 17

 

First Syrte

Indecisive British-Italian fight off Libya

 

Mediterranean

Ionian Sea

429 .bc

Corinth (1)

Athenian V. Peloponnesian

0429

Mediterranean

Ionian Sea

1716 July 8

Corfu

Corner (Venice) fights an inconclusive battle against Jannum Koggia (Turkey) east of Corfu

 

Mediterranean

Ionian Sea

1940 November 27

Cape Spartivento (Cape Teulada)

Using the Malta base, British fight back an Italian convoy interception

 

Mediterranean

Ionian sea

31 Jul 1718

Cape Passaro / Passero, SE Extremity Of Sicily

British V. French off SE Sicily

 

Mediterranean

Ionian Sea

1941 March 28

Cape Matapan

British defeat Italians 100 miles due west of Crete, sinking at least two battleships, and confine Italian capital ships to port for the rest of the war.

Alternative site

Mediterranean

Ionian Sea

256 .bc

Cape Ecnomus, South Coast Of Sicily

The Roman Fleet, escorting troop transports, Broke Through The Carthaginian Centre, And Although Enveloped, Managed To Return To Envelope In Turn The Carthaginian fleet.

0256

Mediterranean

Ionian Sea

435 .bc

Ambracian Gulf

Corinthian V. Corcyrean

0435

Mediterranean

Ionian Sea

31 BC September 2

Actium / Aktion

Outside the Ambracian Gulf Octavian and Agrippa decisively defeat Antony and Cleopatra, who nevertheless escape through the blockade

0031

Mediterranean

Tyrrhenian

1676

 

Palermo

French vs Netherlands and Spain

 

Mediterranean

Tyrrhenian

1610 August 21 & October 10th

Off Tuscany?

Tuscany vs Turkey

 

Mediterranean

Tyrrhenian

260 .bc

Mylae, west of Messina

Roman V. Carthaginian

0260

Mediterranean

Tyrrhenian

36 bc

Mylae, west of Messina

Roman Civil War?

0036

Mediterranean

Tyrrhenian

25 Mar 1676

Messina

French V. Spanish

 

Mediterranean

Tyrrhenian

2 Oct 1284

Messina

Sicilian/Catalan V. French

 

Mediterranean

Tyrrhenian

260 BC

Lipara Islands

North Of Messina; Punic Wars?

0260

Mediterranean

Tyrrhenian

1653 March 13

Leghorn (Livorno)

Johan van Galen's ships defeat Badiley

 

Mediterranean

Tyrrhenian

800 – 1797

Genoese battles

 

 

Mediterranean

Tyrrhenian

1652 September 7

Elba

English v. Dutch off the Italian coast

 

Mediterranean

Tyrrhenian

249 .bc

Drepanum, West End Of Sicily

Roman V. Carthaginian

0249

Mediterranean

Tyrrhenian

474 .bc

Cumae / Cyme

Syrcusan V. Etrurian On The Campanian coast off the Greek town of Cumae.

Off the Greek colony of Cumae, on  the Campanian coast

Mediterranean

Tyrrhenian

849 AD

Battle of Ostia

Ostia Is The Port Of Rome

 

Mediterranean

Tyrrhenian

30 May 1378

Antium / Anzio

Venetian V. Genoese

 

Mediterranean

Tyrrhenian

1810

Amanthea

On 25 July 1810 Captain Prescott of the British Royal Navy disrupted a large Neapolitan convoy close in shore off Amanthea in Calabria. The loss of this convoy and other ships later forced Murat to abandon his planned invasion of Sicily.

The British line overcame enemy gunboats and shore batteries with grapeshot. 28 transports were captured, and 31 destroyed.

Mediterranean

Tyrrhenian

1676 January

 

Alicuri / Stromboli

France vs Netherlands and Spain

Off Stromboli island north of the Messina Strait.

Mediterranean

Tyrrhenian

241 BC

Aegates Islands, West Of Sicily

Roman victory over the Carthaginians, ending the First Punic War

0241

Mediterranean

Western Mediterranean

1744 February 22

Toulon

draw between British and Franco-Spanish fleets south of Toulon

 

Mediterranean

Western Mediterranean

25 August 12, 20, 22 and 1499.

Second battle of Sapienza

 

Turkish navy defeated the Venetians over four days of battle:  Antonio Grimani, the disgraced Venetian Admiral, was arrested on 29 September and exiled.

 

 

Mediterranean

Western Mediterranean

1354

Sapienza / Sapientza

website

Genoese destroy Venetian fleet by the small island opposite the ports of Modon and Koron / Corone, in the Messinian Gulf off Cape Akritas, SW Peloponnese

 

Mediterranean

Western Mediterranean

3 Jul 1940

Oran

British V. Vichy French

 

Mediterranean

Western Mediterranean

20 May 1756

Minorca

British V. French

 

Mediterranean

Western Mediterranean

1940 July 3

Mers-el-Kebir

British fleet attacks French fleet in harbour in Algeria

 

Mediterranean

Western Mediterranean

1670 August

Gibraltar

Gibraltar

British/Dutch ships defeat an Algerine force near Gibraltar

 

 

Mediterranean

Western Mediterranean

468

Cape Bona / Bon

Roman V. Vandal

The Cape East Of Carthage

Mediterranean

Western Mediterranean

1665 March

Barbary Coast

France defeats Algeria

 

Mediterranean

Western Mediterranean

1801 April 5

Algeciras

French defeat initial British assault, British counter-attack and defeat French-Spanish force.

 

Mediterranean

Western Medi-terranean

1704 August 13 (Old Style)

Malaga

British/Dutch narrowly defeats French near Malaga

 

Mediterranean

Western Medi-terranean

1678

 

Gibraltar Straits

French defeat Netherlands

 

Mediterranean

Western Medi-terranean

1607 April

Gibraltar

 

 

Mediterranean

Western Medi-terranean

1816 August 27

Algiers

Bombardment of Algiers

 

Mediterranean

Western Medi-terranean

1682

Algiers

French attack on Algiers

 

Inland waters

Lake warfare

1915-18

The British Naval African Expedition

“The African Queen" was inspired by this campaign. Lake Tanganyika, known as "the blue heart of Africa", occupied an important strategic position between the Belgian Congo and German Tanzania. There were parallel actions on Lakes Victoria and Nyasa.

Two 40ft launches were conveyed overland from England. They captured the tugboat Kingani and used it to sink the 1500 ton Von Wissman. The equally large Goetzen was sunk by aeroplanes in port.

Inland waters

Lake warfare

1813 May 28-29

Sacket's Harbor

US General Jacob Brown turns back British under Sir John Prevost

 

Inland waters

Lake warfare

1812 July 19

Sacket's Harbor

US turns back British naval attack

 

Inland waters

Lake warfare

152x

Lake Texcoco

Following his initial expulsion from the Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan [Mexico City], the Conquistador Hernan Cortez improvised a fleet of gunboats on the lake then surrounding the city, which then supported the assault over the causeways which regained the city.

 

Inland waters

Lake warfare

1363

Lake Poyang

A waterborne siege by the Han against the Ming-held town of Nanchang, on China’s largest freshwater lake, in east central China

 

Involved the use of Lou Chuan (tower ships), essentially floating fortresses

Inland waters

Lake warfare

1814

 

Lake Champlain

Lake Champlain and Plattsburg (September 11) - US squadron under Thomas Macdonough defeats British under George Downie

 

Inland waters

Lake warfare

10 Sep 1813

Erie, Lake

British V. Us

 

Inland waters

Lake warfare

A.D. 265

Action on the Tunting Lake

 

The early Chinese Emperor Vouti of Wei and Chow placed a large fleet of war junks on the Yangtse-Kiang river to attack the Kingdom of Ou across the huge Tunting Lake. After several reverses, Sunhow of Ou surrendered.

East Central China

 

Inland waters

River warfare

840 onwards

The Rus On The Dvina, Dneiper, Volga, etc.

 

 

Inland waters

River warfare

1880 -98

The Nile campaigns against the Mehdi

The Link Is To Winston Churchill’s famous account – he was present in 1898.

 

Inland waters

River warfare

1896 – 8

Riverboat ops on the Nile

 

 

Inland waters

River warfare

1865-1870

Riverboat ops during the Paraguayan War

 

 

Inland waters

River warfare

1630 September 4-8

River Elbe

Denmark forces a retreat of Hanseatic ships in Elbe River

 

Inland waters

River warfare

1870

River Aquidaban

(Paraguay, Uruguay, Argentina, Brasil),

 

Inland waters

River warfare

11 Jun 1865

Riachuelo

Paraguayan V. Brazilian

 

Inland waters

River warfare

1861 - 1862

Operations On The Tennessee  & Mississippi Rivers

Around Forts Henry & Donelson, & around Vicksburg

 

Inland waters

River warfare

197x

Operations on the Mekong River

These Extended Later Into Cambodia 1979 Onwards; The Vietnamese invasion was partly waterborne.

 

Inland waters

River warfare

July 12th,  1911

la Pedrera

In the Putumayo River, an Andean tributary of the Amazon, during frontier skirmishes.

The Peruvian gunboat "America" defeated the Colombians

Indian Ocean

 

1718

Karwar

Portuguese defeat Indians near Karwar

 

Indian Ocean

 

1405 to 1433

Chinese naval mastery in the Indian Ocean

Over fifty years before the first Portuguese caravels traversed the southern tip of Africa in 1488, fleets of hundreds of immense Chinese junks brought under the Chinese tributary system the vast periphery of the Indian Ocean, and may have sailed further.

A dramatic reversal of naval policy meant that, less than a century afterwards, it was a crime to go to sea from China in a multi-masted ship.

Indian Ocean

 

1713

Cheul

Portuguese defeat Indians near Cheul

 

Indian Ocean

Arabian Sea

1612 October 29-31

Suvali / Swally

British Defeat Portuguese 10 Miles North Of Surat, India (Swally port no longer exists)

 

Indian Ocean

Arabian Sea

1509 February 3

Diu

Website

Diu is an island lying NW of Mumbai off the south coast of Gujarat's Kathiawar peninsula, separated from the mainland by a tidal creek and now one of India’s foremost tourist destinations.

Portugal's India viceroy destroys Muslim fleet off Western India, controls spice trade

Indian Ocean

Arabian Sea?

1971 December 9

 

 

Pakistani submarine Hangor sinks Indian frigate Kukri (first submarine sinking since World War II)

 

Indian Ocean

Bay Of Bengal

26 Aug - 3 Sep 1782

Trincomalee (4)

British V. French

 

Indian Ocean

Bay Of Bengal

12 Apr 1782

Trincomalee (3)

British V. French

 

Indian Ocean

Bay of Bengal

Sep 1767

Trincomalee (2)

British/Indian V. Mysore/Hyderabad

 

Indian Ocean

Bay of Bengal

10 Aug 1759

Trincomalee (1)

British V. French

 

Indian Ocean

Bay Of Bengal

 

1782 September 3

Trincomalee

Hughes fleet damages Suffrens but withdraws

 

Indian Ocean

Bay Of Bengal

1782 February 17

Sadras

First indecisive fight between Suffren (French) and Hughes (British) off SE India

 

Indian Ocean

Bay Of Bengal

29 April 1758

Sadras

The French had a naval base at Pondicherry on the Coromandel coast of SE India, and the British had one at nearby Cuddalore, south of Madras fronting on to the Bay of Bengal.

 

The British rear failed to give good support and later three captains were court-martialled. The French line gave way but Pocock's ships were unable to catch the fleeing enemy.

Indian Ocean

Bay Of Bengal

 

1782 April 12

Providien

Second indecisive fight between Suffren and Hughes off SE India

 

Indian Ocean

Bay Of Bengal

 

20 Jun 1783

Pondicherry (4)

British V. French

 

Indian Ocean

Bay Of Bengal

4 Oct 1782

Negapatam (4)

British V. French

 

Indian Ocean

Bay of Bengal

3 Aug 1758

Negapatam (2)

British V. French

Inconclusive action between a British squadron commanded by Vice-Admiral George Pocock and a French squadron commanded by Admiral Comte D' Ache.

Indian Ocean

Bay Of Bengal

 

1782 July 6

Negapatam

Third indecisive fight between Suffren and Hughes off SE India

 

Indian Ocean

Bay Of Bengal

1690

Madras/Chennai

France vs Britain and Netherlands near Madras

 

Indian Ocean

Bay Of Bengal

 

1783 June 20

Cuddalore

Suffren drives Hughes off shore of Cuddalore. Last of the five battles between Suffren and Hughes

 

Indian Ocean

Bay Of Bengal

1749 April 29

 

Pocock (British) defeats d'Ache (French)

 

Indian Ocean

Bay of Bengal?

25 Jul 1746

Negapatam (1)

British V. French

 

Indian Ocean

Java Sea

Feb 27th, 1942

Java Sea

Us/Dutch/British/Australian V. Japanese

Japanese destroy ABDA fleet

Indian Ocean

Malacca Strait

Boxing Day

Malacca Strait

The Straits are cleared of Pirates by the Indian Ocean Tsunami

 

Indian Ocean

Red Sea

200x

Yemen

 

 

Cape of Good Hope

 

17 Aug 1796

Saldanha Bay

Rear Admiral Friedrich Kekule was sent to occupy the Dutch colonies at the Cape of Good Hope and in India. In August 1796 while returning from India he captured a whole Dutch squadron here.

 

Cape Horn

 

 

Latin American naval bibliography

 

 

Black Sea

 

1790 September 8 and 9

Tendra

Russia vs Turkey

 

Black Sea

 

11 Aug 1791

Kara Burur

Russian V. Turks

 

Black Sea

 

Nov 18th, 1914

Cape Sarych

Russian V. German/Turkish

 

Black Sea

Anatolian Coast

1853 October 30

Sinope

Russian battleships defeat Turkish frigates at Sinope, Turkey

 

Black Sea

Anatolian Coast

1789 June 2-4

Sinope

Russia vs Turkey at Sinope

 

Black Sea

Bosporus

April 20th 1453

Constantinople

Turks and Genoese fight near Istanbul

 

Black Sea

Bosporus

74 .bc

Chalcedon

Roman V. Pontic fleets at the mouth of the Bosporus

0074

Black Sea

Dardanelles

1915

The attempt to force the Dardanelles

 

Preceded the even more costly and unsuccessful attempt at a landing on the Gallipoli peninsula to the north

 

Black Sea

Dardanelles

1470-1554

Piri Reis Admiral of Turkey

 

Reis grew up on the Gallipoli peninsula and fought in many of the Ottoman campaigns in the Mediterranean and the Indian Ocean. He was also a skilled cartographer, with a famous world map named after him.

 

Black Sea

Dardanelles

 

1912

 

Dardanelles

During The Balkan And Italo-Turkish Wars

 

Black Sea

Dardanelles

1807 February 19

Dardanelles

British battleships under Duckworth burn several Turkish ships in Dardanelles

 

Black Sea

Dardanelles

1807 May

Dardanelles

British vs Turks at mouth of Dardanelles

 

Black Sea

Dardanelles

1657 July 17

Dardanelles

Venetians, Maltese and Papal forces defeat Turks in Dardanelles

 

Black Sea

Dardanelles

1656 June 26 and 27

Dardanelles

Venetians and Maltese defeat Turks in Dardanelles

 

Black Sea

Dardanelles

June 21 1655

Dardanelles

Venetians defeat Turks

 

Black Sea

Dardanelles

1654 May 16

Dardanelles

Turks under Murad defeat Venetians under Giuseppe Delfino in Dardanelles

 

Black Sea

Dardanelles

May 26 1646

Dardanelles

Venice defeats Turkey at the Dardanelles mouth

 

Black Sea

Dardanelles

405 BC

Aegospotami

The Spartan Admiral Lysander surprises and destroys most of the Athenian fleet beached on the south side of the straits.

0405

Black Sea

Dneiper Estuary

1788 July 14/25

Ochakov

Russia defeats Turkey in Black Sea near Fidonisi

 

Black Sea

Kerch Strait

1790 July 19

Kerch Strait

Russia vs Turkey

 

Black Sea

Western Black Sea

1791 August 11

Cape Kaliakra

Russia gets slightly the better of Turkey in a largely inconclusive battle off Bulgaria

 

Black Sea

Yenikale Gulf

14 Jul 1790

Yenikale Gulf

Russian V. Turks

 

Baltic

 

1629 September 16

Wismar

Sweden defeats Holy Roman Empire near Wismar

 

Baltic

 

1613

Wisby

Swedish V. Danish

 

Baltic

 

 

 

1000 September 9

 

Svold / Svolder / Swold

Alternative site

Swold was an island probably on the North German coast, near Rügen.

 

The place cannot now be identified, as the Baltic coast is much changed since, partly by the gradual silting up of the sea, and partly by the storms of the 14th century.

Erik Hakonson, in his iron-sheathed longship at the head of a Dano-Swedish fleet, ambushed and rammed Olaf of Norway who was returning from the Baltic. Olaf went down with his ship.

Baltic

 

November 28

Oliwa

Poland defeats Sweden

 

Baltic

 

1064

Nisaa

Danes V. Norwegian

 

Baltic

 

 

Naval history of the Baltic

 

 

 

Baltic

 

 

Naval history of Sweden and Denmark

 

 

Baltic

 

1705 June 26

Kotlin

Swedish ships attack Russian base of Kotlin

 

Baltic

 

1790 May 4

Fredrikshamn

Swedish galley fleet (140 galleys, 4 transports) attacks Russian galley detachement of capt. Sjlissov (60 galleys, 3 large rowing frigates). Attack is a success, Russians withdraw after a fight, losing at least 20 galleys and all 3 frigates.

Gulf Of Finland

Baltic

 

11 Jun 1676

Entholm

Danish V. Swedish

 

Baltic

 

 

Danish Naval History

Danish language site!!

 

Baltic

 

1849 May 11

Bulk

Schleswig-Holstein vs Denmark near Bulk

Danish language site

Baltic

 

 

Battles in Danish waters

 

 

Alternative site

Baltic

 

1644 May 16

 

9 Danes defeat 26 Dutch ships which have been hired to support Swedes

 

Baltic

 

1565 July 7

 

49 Swedish ships defeat 22 Danish and 14 Lubeck ships

 

Baltic

 

1535

 

20 Swedish/Danish/Prussian ships defeat 9 Lubeck ships

 

Baltic

Gulf Of Finland

1790 June 22

Vyborg / Vyborgsund

Swedish fleet blockaded in the bay of Vyborg attempts a breakout. Swedes lose 7 ships of the line and three frigates, as well as smaller ships (4 ships and 2 frigates are taken by Russians), but succeed with the breakout and save the remainder of the fleet

Gulf Of Finland

Baltic

Gulf Of Finland

3 Jul 1790

Vyborg / Vyborgsund

Swedish V. Russian

Gulf Of Finland

Baltic

Gulf Of Finland

1800-1917

The Tsarist Navy

 

 

Baltic

Gulf Of Finland

1790 June 28

Svensksund / Rochensalm

Decisive victory of the Swedish galley fleet, but too late to affect the war.

Midway down the Gulf Of Finland, on the north coast.

Baltic

Gulf Of Finland

9 Jul 1790

Svensksund / Rochensalm

Swedish V. Russian

Gulf Of Finland

Baltic

Gulf Of Finland

1790 May 2

Revel / Reval / Tallinn

Swedish fleet of 22 battleships and 4 frigates under command of Admiral Duke Carl of Sondermanland attacks Russian fleet under admiral Chitchagov (9 battleships, 5 frigates) anchored off Revel. Attack proves unsuccessful, Swedes lose two ships of the line and withdraw.

Gulf Of Finland

Baltic

Gulf Of Finland

1719 May 24

Osel Island

Russian battleships fight Swedish ships

 

Baltic

Gulf Of Finland

1921

Operations against the Kronstadt mutineers

The loyal units of the Red Army attacked the island fortress by land as well as water, since the Gulf of Finland was partially frozen over.

 

Baltic

Gulf Of Finland

Apr 1789

Hoegland

Russian V. Swedish

 

Baltic

Gulf Of Finland

1788 July 17

Hoegland

This Russo – Swedish Affair Is Remarkable Not Only For The Obstinate Fighting On Either Side, But For Being Fought In A Storm, And In A Narrow Sea Full Of Shoals, Currents, And Other Perils. The Russians Had The Scottish Admiral Greig.

In Gulf Of Finland. Bloody engagement between Swedish and Russian fleets. Both sides lose a ship, but Swedes withdraw.

Baltic

Gulf Of Finland

0600 – present

History of the Russian Navy

 

excellent site which goes right back into previous centuries in some considerable detail.

 

 

Baltic

Gulf Of Finland

Sep 1721

Grangram

Russian V. Swedish

 

Baltic

Gulf Of Finland

1919

British raid on Kronstadt

An Island naval base In The Gulf Of Finland, About 50 Miles From Petersburg

 

Baltic

Kattegat

1362

Helsingborg

Danish V. German

 

Baltic

Öland

1676 June 1

Öland

Dutch/Danish fleet defeats Swedish fleet south of Oland

 

Baltic

Öland

1564 August 12 and 13

Öland

Denmark vs Sweden SE of Oeland in the Baltic

 

Baltic

Öland

1611 August

Kalmar Sound

Minor action between Danes and Swedes in Kalmar Sound

 

Baltic

Öland

Jun 1676

Bornholm

Dutch/Danish V. Swedish

 

Baltic

Öresund

1807 September 2-7

Copenhagen

British land and sea forces under Admiral Gambier and General Cathcart capture the Danish fleet

 

Baltic

Öresund

2 Apr 1801

Copenhagen

Nelson destroys moored Danish ships off Koebenhavn to prevent France taking them over

Nelson Turns A Blind Eye To Parker, and wins a hard – fought victory. Willemoes is the Danish hero.

Baltic

Öresund

1658 October 29

Copenhagen

Dutch get the better of a Swedish fleet in a large battle near Copenhagen, in support of Denmark. Danish ships watch but are unable to participate

 

Baltic

Ruegen

1676 May 25 and 26

Ruegen

Dutch/Danish fleet defeats Swedish fleet between Bornholm and Rugen in the Baltic Sea

 

Baltic

Ruegen

Jun 1677

Rostock

Danish V. Swedish

 

Baltic

Ruegen

1864 March 17

Jasmund

Prussia vs Denmark, off east coast of Ruegen island

 

Baltic

Ruegen

25 May 1676

Jasmund

Swedish V. Danish

 

Baltic

The Belts

1657 September 12 and 13

Moen, Denmark

Denmark vs Sweden fight inconclusively near Moen, Denmark

 

Baltic

The Belts

30 Jun 1677

Køge Bugt / Koege Bugt / Kjoge Bay

Swedish V. Danish

 

Baltic

The Belts

July 1 and 2

Køge Bugt / Koege Bugt / Kjoge Bay

Denmark and Netherlands defeat Swedish fleet

 

Baltic

The Belts

1644 August 10

Køge Bugt / Koege Bugt / Kjoge Bay

Dutch fleet under Thijsen brushes past Danish fleet under King Christian IV in Kjoge Bay, on the west coast of the island of Zealand.

Danish language site

Baltic

The Belts

1849 May 3

Kiel

Schleswig-Holstein vs Denmark near Kiel

 

Baltic

The Belts

May 31 and June 1

Femern (Fehmern)

Denmark defeats Sweden between Femern and Warnemunde

 

Baltic

The Belts

1644, October 13

Fehmern / Femern, Germany

Combined Swedish/Dutch fleet badly defeats Danish fleet off off Fehmern island

 

Baltic

The Belts

1849

Eckernfjorde / Eckernförde

Danish ships seek to bombard Eckernförde in support of the advancing Danish army, but get the worst of the artillery exchanges.

 

Baltic

The Belts

1644 July 1

Colberger Heide (Colberg Heath)

Danish and Swedish fleets fight an inconclusive battle off NE Germany

 

Atlantic

 

1644 May 25

 

13 Danes get slightly the better of 33 hired Dutch ships

 

Atlantic

Biscay

12 Oct 1702

Vigo Bay

English/Dutch V. French/Spanish

 

Atlantic

Biscay

June 1, 1794

Third Ushant / “The Glorious First Of June”

The battle, between Howe and Villaret de Joyeuse, took place about 430 miles west of Brittany, and resulted from British attempts to intercept an American grain convoy being escorted into Brest harbour.

 

Atlantic

Biscay

20 Nov 1759

Quiberon Bay

French V. British

 

Atlantic

Biscay

1759 November 20

Quiberon Bay

British defeat French near St Nazaire

 

Atlantic

Biscay

56 .bc

Morbihan Gulf

Roman V. Veneti

0056

Atlantic

Biscay

1622 October

La Rochelle

France vs ? near La Rochelle

 

Atlantic

Biscay

1372

La Rochelle

Spain defeats England near La Rochelle

 

Atlantic

Biscay

4 Jun 1778

Carenage Bay

British V. French

 

Atlantic

Biscay

22 Jul 1805

Cape Finisterre

British V. French/Spanish

 

Atlantic

Biscay

1805 July 22

Cape Finisterre

Calder (British) defeats Villeneuve (French) in minor action near Cape Finisterre

 

Atlantic

Biscay

14 May 1747

Cape Finisterre

On May 14th, 1747, off Finisterre on the Atlantic coast of Spain, a British fleet of 16 warships under Anson came upon an escorted French convoy.

The battle lasted

five hours but the whole convoy escaped

Atlantic

Biscay

56 .bc

Brittany

Roman V. Veneti

0056

Atlantic

Biscay

10 Aug 1512

Brest

English V. French

 

Atlantic

Biscay

23 Jun 1795

Belle Isle

British V. French

 

Atlantic

Biscay

7 Jun 1761

Belle Isle

The Green Howards and the Marines carried out one of the most successful ever amphibious operations against this island off Quiberon Bay.

The British Marines acquired the title "Royal" Marines after this action.

Atlantic

Biscay

20 Nov 1759

Belle Isle

British V. French

 

Atlantic

Biscay

1781 December 12

“Second Ushant” (Ushant / Ouessant / Wissant)

British capture French merchant ships

 

Atlantic

Biscay

July 27 1778

“First Ushant” (Ushant / Ouessant / Wissant)

Keppel (British) with 30 battleships fights an inconclusive action against d'Orvilliers (French) with 28

 

Atlantic

Caribbean

29 August 1916

Tsunami sinks the USS Memphis

Off Dominica

 

Atlantic

Caribbean

 

1677 February?

 

Tobago

French vs Netherlands

 

Atlantic

Caribbean

1782 April 12

The Saints / Les Saintes

Rodney (British) with 36 battleships defeats De Grasse (French) with 34 in the West Indies

Nr small islands South Of Guadeloupe

Atlantic

Caribbean

 

The Columbus Navigation Homepage

 

Landfall of Christopher Columbus. Not exactly a conflict, apart from that with the Carib Indians, but well, what the hell..

 

Atlantic

Caribbean

1807 February 6

Santo Domingo

Duckworth defeats Leissegues (French) near Santo Domingo

 

Atlantic

Caribbean

1803

Santo Domingo

Duckworth (British) defeats Rochambeau (French) near Santo Domingo

 

Atlantic

Caribbean

1898 July 3

 

Santiago de Cuba

Spanish – American War

 

 

Atlantic

Caribbean

10 May 1667

Saint Kitts

English V. Dutch/French

 

Atlantic

Caribbean

Apr-May 1687

Puna

Buccaneer V. Spanish

 

Atlantic

Caribbean

1762

Havana

British V. Spanish

 

Atlantic

Caribbean

12 Oct 1748

Havana

British V. Spanish

 

Atlantic

Caribbean

12 Apr 1782

Dominica

British V. French

 

Atlantic

Caribbean

9 Mar - 9 Apr 1741

Cartagena

In 1741 it withstood a three-month British siege.

3 Month Siege By The British

Atlantic

Caribbean

1544 -1741

British attacks on Cartagena

Cartagena , NW Colombia, a port on the Bay of Cartagena. Cartagena was founded in 1533 and became the treasure city of the Spanish Main, where riches from the New World awaited transshipment to Spain. The harbor was guarded by 29 stone forts and the city by a high wall of coral.

Cartagena suffered sackings and invasions in 1544, 1560, and in 1586 (by Sir Francis Drake), and 1741.

Atlantic

Caribbean

166x

Battle of Bloody Bay

 

Bloody Bay is the last beach accessible on the northern Caribbean coast of Tobago.

 

An English fleet defeated a combined Dutch and French fleet.

Atlantic

Chesapeake Bay

1862 March 8 and 9

Hampton Roads

First battle between ironclad warships

 

Atlantic

Chesapeake Bay

16 Mar 1781

Cape Henry

British V. French

 

Atlantic

Chesapeake Bay

1781 September 5

Battle of the Capes

De Grasse (French) drives off British

 

Atlantic

English Channel

1545 August 15

The Solent

English and French fight off Portsmouth

 

Atlantic

English Channel

21-29 Jul 1588

The Armada

defeat of the Spanish Armada off southern England; the remainder are wrecked on the Irish coast due to the unknown tides of the Gulf Stream.

 

Atlantic

English Channel

1750 - 1840

Ships of the old Royal Navy

 

An anecdotal history of the vessels’ voyages, actions and people to about 1840 - the last eighty or ninety years of the sailing warship.

 

Atlantic

English Channel

15 Aug 1416

Seine Mouth

English V. French

 

Atlantic

English Channel

18-20 Feb 1653

Portland Bill

English V. Dutch

Actually Fought Closer To Cap La Hogue

Atlantic

English Channel

February 28-March 2 1653

Portland (3 Days Battle)

Tromp, outnumbered, loses a dozen men-of-war and 50 merchantmen to Blake

Actually Fought Closer To Cap La Hogue

Atlantic

English Channel

1652 August 26

Plymouth

De Ruyter's 36 men-of-war hold off