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Honour - Lowestoft 1665


Date -  03 June
Type - Fleet or Squadron Actions 
Conflict - Second Dutch War; 1665-67 

 
Description The battle was fought about 40 miles south-east of Lowestoft, on the Sussex coast. Between an English Fleet of 109 ships commanded by James, Duke of York, and a Dutch Fleet of 103 ships commanded by Admiral Van Wasenaer.

The Dutch fleet had been conducting successful actions near the Dogger Bank at the end of May, capturing a convoy of 20 English merchant ships.

After two days of manoeuvring, the two fleets engaged at 0400 hrs on 03-June when they passed each other on opposite tacks. The battle quickly degenerated into a vast general melee. During which the English slowly gained the upper hand and the Dutch gave way.

The Dutch conducted a controlled withdrawal towards the Texel, and Maas estuary. Which they reached by late evening. But they had lost 32 ships, of which 9 were taken as prizes and the others burned or sunk.

The English lost one ship (Charity) and a total of 283 killed and 440 wounded.

The Dutch lost about 4,000 killed and 2,000 taken prisoner

 

 
 
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