The Battle of Escape Creek was a naval engagement fought between the United Kingdom's Royal Navy and the Qing Chinese naval force on 25–27 May 1857 during the Second Opium War. Commodore Charles Elliot's squadron chased the war-junks at Escape Creek (present-day East River) and then, once the British ships were grounded as the river narrowed, they chased them in the ships' boats until all the junks had been overhauled.
|Battle of Escape Creek|
|Part of the Second Opium War|
Commodore Elliot leading gunboats to attack the Mandarin junks
|United Kingdom||Qing China|
|Commanders and leaders|
|Charles Elliot||Admiral Sonhay|
7 cutters & gigs
|Casualties and losses|
|31 wounded||27 junks captured or destroyed|
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