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Battle of Cuddalore (1758)

For other battles with this name, see Battle of Cuddalore (disambiguation)

Battle of Cuddalore
Part of Seven Years' War
Date29 April 1758
Off Cuddalore, India
Result Indecisive[1]
Flag of the British East India Company (1707).svg British East India Company Royal Standard of the King of France.svg French East India Company
Commanders and leaders
George Pocock Comte d'Aché
8 ships of the line[a] 7 ships of the line, plus frigates
Casualties and losses
29 killed and 89 wounded 99 killed and 321 wounded

The naval Battle of Cuddalore took place on 29 April 1758 during the Seven Years' War near Cuddalore off the Carnatic coast of India and was an indecisive battle between a British squadron under Vice-Admiral George Pocock and French squadron under Comte d'Aché. British casualties were 29 killed and 89 wounded, while France lost 99 killed and 321 wounded.[3] Although the battle itself was indecisive, the French fleet was able to achieve its primary objective of delivering the reinforcements that the defenders of Pondicherry were awaiting.

The two squadrons met again on 3 August in the battle of Negapatam and again on 10 September in the battle of Pondicherry.

Ships involvedEdit

Britain (George Pocock)Edit

France (d'Aché)Edit

  • Zodiaque (74 cannons, flag)
  • Vengeur (54 cannons)
  • Bien-Aimé (58)
  • Condé (44)
  • Saint-Louis (50)
  • Moras (44)
  • Sylphide (36)
  • Duc d'Orléans (50)
  • Duc de Bourgogne (60)

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ The 36-gun frigate Sylphide was added to the French line of battle despite not being a ship of the line.[2]


  1. ^, Combat of Cuddalore, retrieved 21 May 2011
  2. ^ Clowes 1898, pp. 174–175
  3. ^ Archives Nationales, Série Colonies C4 « Résumé du combat du 29 avril 1758 fait par Monsieur le Comte d'Arché. » (Fr)


  • Clowes, William Laird (1898). The Royal Navy: A History From the Earliest Times to the Present. 3. London: Sampson, Low, Marston and Company. OCLC 645627800.

Coordinates: 11°45′00″N 79°45′00″E / 11.7500°N 79.7500°E / 11.7500; 79.7500