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Honour - Orfordness 1666


Date -25/26 July
Type - Fleet or Squadron Actions
Conflict - Second Dutch War 1665-67

 
Description The battle took place between an English fleet of 89 ships plus 17 fireships, and a Dutch fleet of 85 ships, 20 fireships and 10 smaller vessels.

It began at 10am, about 40 miles south-east of Orfordness in Suffolk. By mid-day the Dutch rear squadron under Admiral De Ruyter broke through the English rear and engaged it. This battle within a battle headed west with the Dutch retreating.

The centre and front squadrons of both fleets continued the fight towards the east. By 3pm the Dutch front was in retreat and by 4pm the centre gave way. However the English were too exhausted to gain any advantage.

Meanwhile the squadron under De Ruyter retreated to their coastal shoals.

While skirmishing continued throughout the night and there was a brief renewal in early daylight hours of the 26th, the battle was over.

The Dutch lost 20 ships, with 4000 killed and 3000 wounded.

The English lost the Resolution and suffered lower casualties than the Dutch.

 

 
 
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