List of single-ship actions

A single-ship action is a naval engagement fought between two warships of opposing sides, excluding submarine engagements; called so because there is a single ship on each side. The following is a list of notable single-ship actions.

Single-ship actions

Anglo-Spanish War

Golden Age of Piracy

War of the Austrian Succession

  • 1743, June 20 – HMS Centurion captures the Spanish treasure galleon Nuestra Señora de la Covadonga

American Revolutionary War

French Revolutionary Wars

  • 1793, May 13 – HMS Iris and Citoyenne Française conduct an inconclusive but sanguinary engagement
  • 1793, June 18 – HMS Nymphe captures the French frigate Cléopâtre (details)
  • 1793, December 1 – The British packet ship Antelope captures the French privateer Atlante.
  • 1794, May 29 – HMS Carysfort recaptures HMS Castor (details)
  • 1794, September 5 – Merchantmen Esther repulses Républicaine
  • 1795, January 4 – HMS Blanche captures Pique
  • 1795, March 13 – HMS Lively captures the French frigate Tourterelle
  • 1796, November 20 – Merchantman Wilding engages a French privateer that blows up during the engagement
  • 1796, May 25 – HMS Suffisante captures the privateer Revanche
  • 1796, June 6 – HMS Unicorn captures French frigate Tribune
  • 1796, November 28 – The slave ship Tarleton repels two different French privateers on the same day, each engagement representing a single-ship action
  • 1797, March 13 – HMS Viper captures Nuestra Señora de la Piedad.
  • 1797, August 15 – HMS Alexander captures French privateer Coq
  • 1797, October – HMS Alexander captures French privateer Epicharis
  • 1797, December 22 – HMS Phoebe captures the French frigate Néréide
  • 1797, December 27 – HMS Caroline captures the Spanish ship St Raphael
  • 1798, January – 11 HMS Racoon captures the French privateer Policrate
  • 1798, April 2 – HMS Mars captures the French ship Hercule
  • 1798, April 17 – HMS Recovery captures the French privateer Revanche
  • 1798, July 4 – French brig Lodi in an inconclusive engagement with the English privateer brig Acquila (probably Eagle)
  • 1798, June 21 – His Majesty's packet ship Princess Royal repels the French privateer Avanture.(details)
  • 1798, August 7 – HMS Espoir captures the Genoese pirate Liguria
  • 1798, October 20 – HMS Racoon captures the French privateer Vigilante
  • 1798, December 12 – HMS Perdrix captures the French privateer L'Armée d' Italie
  • 1798, February 24 – French frigate Forte captures the East Indiaman Osterley, but then allows her to proceed.
  • 1798, March 1 – HMS Sybille captures French frigate Forte.
  • 1799, February 25 – French privateer Democrat captures merchantman Cicero
  • 1799, March 18 – HM hired brig Telegraph captures French privateer Hirondelle
  • 1799, April 13 – HMS Amaranthe captures the French letter of marque Vengeur.
  • 1799, November 23 – Hired cutter Courier captures French privateer Guerrier
  • 1799, November 26 – Merchant ship Barton repels attack by a French privateer
  • 1799, December 2 HMS Racoon captures French privateer Intrepide
  • 1799, December 2 the British merchantman Achilles captures the French privateer corvette Entreprenante
  • 1799, December 26 – HMS Viper captures the French privateer Furet
  • 1800, March 5 – HMS Phoebe captures the privateer Heureux
  • 1800, August 20 – HMS Seine captures the French ship Vengeance
  • 1800, October 8 – HMS Gipsy captures the French privateer Quidproquo
  • 1800, October – American merchant ship Rebecca repels French privateer Malartic
  • 1800, November 11 – East Indiaman Phoenix captures French privateer Malartic.
  • 1800, November 13 – HMS Milbrook defeats and drives off the French privateer Bellone
  • 1800, October 7 – French privateer Confiance captures British East Indiaman Kent
  • 1801, February 19 – HMS Phoebe captures the French frigate Africaine (details)*
  • 1801, March 23 — HMS Albatross captures the French privateer Gloire
  • 1801, April – British merchantman Union Island repels a Spanish privateer
  • 1801, May – French privateer captures the British merchantman Union Island
  • 1801, May 6 – HMS Speedy captures Spanish xebec frigate El Gamo (Details)*
  • 1801, August 18 – HMS Guachapin captures Spanish letter of marque Theresa
  • 1801, September 25 – HMS Pickle has an inconclusive engagement with a privateer flying the Spanish colors off Hispaniola.

Quasi-War

First Barbary War

Napoleonic Wars

War of 1812

Argentine War of Independence

  • 1825, January 25 – Buenos Aires privateer Tupac Amaru (ex-US Regent) captures the Spanish merchantman Triton

Suppression of the slave trade

  • 1828, April 2 – HMS Black Joke captures Providentia
  • 1828, May 1 – HMS Black Joke captures Presidenté
  • 1829, February 1 – HMS Black Joke captures Almirante
  • 1829, June 5 – HMS Pickle captures Voladora
  • 1829, June 26 – HMS Monkey captures Midas
  • 1830, September 7 – HMS Primrose captures Veloz Passagera (details)
  • 1832, June 3 – HMS Speedwell captures the slaver Aquila off Cuba

Texas Revolution

War of the Confederation

  • 1837, February 5 – Chilean brig Aquiles, which kept the port of Callao blocked, attacked the Confederate schooner Yanacocha and forced her to return to her anchorage.
  • 1838, January 18 – Chilean corvette Libertad captured the Confederate corvette Confederación on the coast of Callao.

First Schleswig War

  • 1849, June 27 – Prussian paddle steamer SMS Preussischer Adler duels inconclusively with Danish brig St. Croix off Brusterort

Crimean War

  • 1853, November 17 – Russian steam frigate Vladimir captures Turkish/Egyptian steam frigate Pervaz Bahri in the Black Sea

American Civil War

Chincha Islands War

Franco-Prussian War

Russo-Turkish War of 1877–1878

  • 1877, July 23 – Ottoman central battery ironclad Feth-i Bülend duels inconclusively with Russian auxiliary cruiser Vesta in the Black Sea.

War of the Pacific

Spanish–American War

  • 1898, April 25 – Spanish gunboat Ligera repulses an attack by American torpedo boat USS Foote (details)

Venezuelan Civil War

  • 1902, February 7 - Rebel auxiliary cruiser Libertador sinks Venezuelan gunboat General Crespo.[3]

Mexican Revolution

World War I

Russian Civil War

  • 1920, May 3 – Soviet floating battery Krasnaya Zarya engages French sloop Le Scarpe off Ochakov, damaging her and forcing her surrender.

World War II

Ecuadorian–Peruvian War

  • 1941, July 25 – Ecuadorian gunboat Abdón Calderón duels inconclusively with Peruvian destroyer Almirante Villar off Jambeli

Korean War

Vietnam War

Sri Lankan Civil War

  • 2003, March 10 – SLNS Sayura sinks LTTE logistic vessel MV Koimer off Mullaitivu

Anti-piracy in Somalia

Anti-piracy in the Gulf of Guinea

  • 28 August 2012 – Pirated tanker Centurian fights off a Togolese navy patrol vessel and escapes.[8]
  • 19 February 2016 – Nigerian frigate NNS Okpabana captures the pirated tanker Maximus in the Gulf of Guinea in a contested boarding action.[9]

Second Libyan Civil War

  • 6 April 2017 – A Libyan Coast Guard vessel captures a migrant smuggling vessel after an action off Zawiya.[10]

See also

References

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