Action of 30 September 1681

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Battle of Cape St Vincent (1681)
Kurbrandenburgi Navy.jpg
Brandenburg Navy, by Lieve Pietersz Verschuir (1684).
Date30 September 1681
Result Spanish victory
Spain Spanish Empire Wappen Mark Brandenburg.png Brandenburg
Commanders and leaders
Marquess of Villafiel Thomas Alders
12 galleons
3 fireships
6 ships
Casualties and losses
unknown 10 killed,
c. 30 wounded

The Action of 30 September 1681 was a 2-hour fight that took place on 30 September 1681 near Cape St Vincent, and was a victory for the Spanish over Brandenburg, which suffered 10 dead and 30 wounded.

The Action[edit]

The Brandenburg squadron, mistakenly believing to have encountered a Spanish convoy of merchant ships returning fully laden with precious metals, spices, and luxuries from the Americas, attacked the far superior Spanish warship squadron that had been sent out in search of the suspected raiders, but retreated into the safety of the Portuguese port of Lagos when their mistake became clear. While the Branderburgers repaired their damage in Lagos, the Spanish merchant convoy safely slipped into Cádiz.

Ships involved[edit]


Brandenburg (Adlers)[edit]

  • Markgraf von Brandenburg 50 guns (formerly Spanish Carolus Secundus, captured the previous year)
  • Fuchs 20 guns
  • Rother Löwe 20 guns
  • Einhorn 12 guns
  • Prinzess Maria 12 guns
  • Wasserhund 10 guns

Total : 6 ships, 124 guns.


Coordinates: 37°01′22″N 8°59′27″W / 37.0228°N 8.9909°W / 37.0228; -8.9909