Action of 6 July 1746

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Battle of Negapatam (1746)
Part of War of the Austrian Succession
Date 6 July 1746
Location Coast of Negapatam, Indian Ocean
Result Tactically inconclusive, Strategic French Victory
 Great Britain  France
Commanders and leaders
Kingdom of Great Britain Edward Peyton Kingdom of France Bertrand-François Mahé de La Bourdonnais
4 Ships of the line
2 Frigates
1 Ship of the line
8 East Indiamen
Casualties and losses
14 Killed
46 Wounded
27 Killed
53 Wounded

For other actions with this location, see Battle of Negapatam (disambiguation)

The Action of 6 July 1746 was an inconclusive naval engagement between the British and French fleets during the War of the Austrian Succession.


The English fleet, first under the command of Commodore Curtis Barnett and then Edward Peyton, and a French fleet under Bertrand-François Mahé de La Bourdonnais, engaged each other early in the First Carnatic War. Both fleets were damaged, with La Bourdonnais putting in at Pondicherry for repairs, and Peyton at Trincomalee. La Bourdonnais acquired additional guns at Pondicherry, and when the fleets met again in August 1746, Peyton refused battle and retreated to Bengal. La Bourdonnais then proceeded to lead the successful French attack on Madras in September.[1]

Line of Battle[edit]

Royal Navy[edit]


  • Achille, 72 guns
  • Bourbon, 44 guns
  • Phénix, 44 guns
  • Lys, 40 guns
  • Neptune, 40 guns
  • Saint-Louis, 36 guns
  • Duc d'Orléans, 36 guns
  • Insullaire, 30 guns
  • Renommée, 30 guns


  1. ^ Naravane, M.S. (2014). Battles of the Honorourable East India Company. A.P.H. Publishing Corporation. p. 152. ISBN 9788131300343. 

Coordinates: 10°46′00″N 79°50′00″E / 10.7667°N 79.8333°E / 10.7667; 79.8333