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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 actions[]

Anglo Spanish War[]

  • 1579 March 1 - Golden Hind captures the Spanish galleon Nuestra Señora de la Concepción.

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[]

Russo-Swedish War[]

  • 1789 May 21 - Cutter Mercury under the command of Lieutenant-Commander Roman Crown captures Swedish 40-gun frigate Venus which, according to tradition, joins Russian navy under the same name

French Revolutionary Wars[]

  • 1793 June 18 - HMS Nymphe captures the French frigate Cléopâtre (details)
  • 1793 December 1 - His Majesty's packet ship Antelope captures the French privateer Atlante.
  • 1794 May 29 - HMS Carysfort recaptures HMS Castor (details)
  • 1795 January 4 - HMS Blanche captures Pique
  • 1795 March 13 - HMS Lively captures the French frigate Tourterelle
  • 1796 June 6 - HMS Unicorn captures French frigate Tribune
  • 1797 March 13 - HMS Viper captures Nuestra Señora de la Piedad.
  • 1797 December 22 - HMS Phoebe captures the French frigate Néréide
  • 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
  • 1799 March 18 - HM hired brig Telegraph captures French privateer Hirondelle
  • 1799 November 23 - Hired cutter Courier captures French privateer Guerrier
  • 1799 December 2 HMS Racoon captures French privateer Intrepide
  • 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 7 - French privateer Confiance captures British East Indiaman Kent
  • 1801 February 19 - HMS Phoebe captures the French frigate Africaine (details)
  • 1801 May 6 - HMS Speedy captures Spanish xebec frigate El Gamo
  • 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[]

Napoleonic Wars[]

First Barbary War[]

War of 1812[]

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
  • 1830 September 7 - HMS Primrose captures Veloz Passagera (details)

Texas[]

First Schleswig War[]

  • 1849 June 27 - Prussian paddle steamer 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 (first battle between steamships)

American Civil War[]

Chincha Islands War[]

War of the Pacific[]

Franco-Prussian War[]

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

Spanish-American War[]

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

Mexican Revolution[]

World War I[]

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[]

See also[]

Further reading[]

Notes[]

References[]

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