Honour - SCHOONEVELD 1673
The Schooneveld was a long basin guarding the entrance to the Scheldt
estuary. Two battles were fought there between an Anglo-French fleet and a
During the first battle the allies had 81 ships-of-the-line 11 frigates and 35 fireships, the Dutch 52 ships-of-the-line, 12 frigates and 25 fireships. The battle began at noon and lasted 9 hours. The Dutch with their superior local knowledge were able to restrict the allies ability to manoeuvre in the shallow waters. The French lost 2 ships and the Dutch one. Although inconclusive the Dutch claimed it as a strategic victory.
Following the first battle the allies cruised the Dutch coast for a week when the Dutch came out and attacked. The battle continued in heavy weather, the allies were in a state of confusion and the fleets closed to within 4 miles of the British coast, before both sides disengaged.
By the next morning the Allies had returned to the Thames estuary and the Dutch to Schooneveld. Again the Dutch claimed a strategic victory.
|Providence *||Rachel *||Rainbow||Resolution *||Revenge|
|Royal Charles||Royal Katherine||Royal Sovereign||Ruby||Rupert|
|St. Andrew||St. George||St. Michael||Samuel and Anne *||Stavoreen|
* First action only
** Second action only
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