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List of single-ship actions

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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.

HMS Leopard (right) fires upon the USS Chesapeake during the Chesapeake–Leopard Affair.


Single-ship actionsEdit

Anglo Spanish WarEdit

Golden Age of PiracyEdit

War of the Austrian SuccessionEdit

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

American Revolutionary WarEdit

French Revolutionary WarsEdit


Napoleonic WarsEdit

First Barbary WarEdit

War of 1812Edit

Suppression of the slave tradeEdit

  • 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


First Schleswig WarEdit

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

Crimean WarEdit

  • 1853 November 17 - Russian steam frigate Vladimir captures Turkish/Egyptian steam frigate Pervaz Bahri in the Black Sea (first battle between steamships)

American Civil WarEdit

Chincha Islands WarEdit

Russo-Turkish War of 1877–1878Edit

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

War of the PacificEdit

Franco-Prussian WarEdit

  • 1870 November 7 - French aviso Bouvet fights German gunboat Meteor off Havana

Spanish–American WarEdit

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

Mexican RevolutionEdit

World War IEdit

World War IIEdit

Ecuadorian–Peruvian WarEdit

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

Korean WarEdit

Vietnam WarEdit

Sri Lankan Civil WarEdit

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

Anti-piracy in SomaliaEdit

Second Libyan Civil WarEdit

  • 6 April 2017 - Libyan Coast Guard vessel captures a migrant smuggling vessel after an action off Zawiya.[4]

See alsoEdit

Further readingEdit


  1. ^ "No. 16194". The London Gazette. 22 October 1808. pp. 1437–1438. 
  2. ^ "Winona, 1946" (PDF). Cutters, Craft & U.S. Coast Guard Manned Army & Navy Vessels. U.S. Coast Guard Historian's Office. Retrieved 8 August 2015. 
  3. ^ Oakes, Dan (2011-03-26). "Navy takes its first shot at pirates". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2017-06-20. 
  4. ^