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Algeciras [2]

Battle Name : Algeciras [2]

Date(s) : 12 July 1801 - 13 July 1801

Part of : The French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars , French War of the Second Coalition ,

Outcome : A victory for British Navy over French & Spanish Navy

Type of battle : Land


After the engagement on the 5th July the Franco-Spanish force in Algeciras was reinforced to 9 ships of the line, 3 frigates and one gun boat. After refitting at Gibraltar the British returned with 5 ships of the line, 2 frigates and 3 smaller vessels. Before the British got into the bay the Franco-Spanish made for sea heading for Cadiz. A stern chase was then on and the fastest British ship, the Superb, was allowed to go on alone. Other British ships came up as they could and the Franco-Spanish suffered severe losses. The action closed about 0500 hrs on the 13th with the remains of the Franco-Spanish fleet getting into Cadiz.


A mobile battle running northwesterly from Algeciras to the reefs outside Cadiz. (Spain)

Casualty figures

French & Spanish Navy

Number engaged :

Casualties :
2,800 (46.67%)

British Navy

Number engaged :

Casualties :
200 (5.56%)