Honour - Marbella 1705
The action took place when a French force tried to land troops to recapture
A French squadron of ships-of-the-line under Commodore Baron de Points arrived in Gibraltar bay. But a rising gale forced them towards Marbella.
A British squadron under Vice-Admiral Sir John Leake, comprising five ships-of-the-line plus a number of smaller vessels lay off Cabrita Point, 9 miles south-west of Marbella. At dawn on 10-March the British surprised the French and attacked. The British captured the Ardent (66 guns), Arrogant (66 guns) and Marquis (66 guns). The French Magnanime (74 guns) and Lys (66 guns) were driven ashore and burned by their crews to avoid capture.
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