Battle of Cape Ortegal


Battle of Cape Ortegal

Infobox Military Conflict
conflict=Battle of Cape Ortegal
partof=the Napoleonic Wars


caption=The Battle of Cape Ortegal by Thomas Whitcombe.
date=4 November 1805
place=Cape Ortegal
result=Decisive British victory
combatant1=flagicon|UKUnited Kingdom
combatant2=flagicon|FranceFirst French Empire
commander1=Sir Richard Strachan
commander2=Pierre Dumanoir le Pelley
strength1=4 ships of the line,
4 frigates
strength2=4 ships of the line
casualties1=
casualties2=

The Battle of Cape Ortegal (3 November 1805) off Cape Ortegal in north-west Spain was the final action of the Trafalgar campaign. British Rear Admiral Sir Richard Strachan, with "Caesar", "Hero", "Courageux", "Namur" and four frigates, defeated and captured a French squadron ("Formidable", "Scipion", "Duguay-Trouin" and "Mont Blanc") under Rear Admiral Pierre Dumanoir le Pelley that had escaped from the Battle of Trafalgar two weeks previously.


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