List of single-ship actions

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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.

Single-ship actions[edit]

Anglo-Spanish War[edit]

Golden Age of Piracy[edit]

War of the Austrian Succession[edit]

  • 1743, June 20 – HMS Centurion captures the Spanish treasure galleon Nuestra Señora de la Covadonga

American Revolutionary War[edit]

French Revolutionary Wars[edit]


First Barbary War[edit]

Napoleonic Wars[edit]

War of 1812[edit]

HMS Leopard (right) fires upon USS Chesapeake during the Chesapeake–Leopard Affair.

Argentine War of Independence[edit]

  • 1825, January 25 – Buenos Aires privateer Tupac Amaru (ex-US Regent) captures the Spanish merchantman Triton

Suppression of the slave trade[edit]

  • 1828, April 2 – HMS Black Joke captures Providentia
  • 1828, May 1 – HMS Black Joke captures Presidenté
  • 1829, February 1 – HMS Black Joke captures Almirante
  • 1829, June 5 – HMS Pickle captures Voladora
  • 1829, June 26 – HMS Monkey captures Midas
  • 1830, September 7 – HMS Primrose captures Veloz Passagera (details)
  • 1832, June 3 – HMS Speedwell captures the slaver Aquila off Cuba

Texas Revolution[edit]

War of the Confederation[edit]

  • 1837, February 5 – Chilean brig Aquiles, which kept the port of Callao blocked, attacked the Confederate schooner Yanacocha and forced her to return to her anchorage.
  • 1838, January 18 – Chilean corvette Libertad captured the Confederate corvette Confederación on the coast of Callao.

First Schleswig War[edit]

Crimean War[edit]

  • 1853, November 17 – Russian steam frigate Vladimir captures Turkish/Egyptian steam frigate Pervaz Bahri in the Black Sea

American Civil War[edit]

Chincha Islands War[edit]

Franco-Prussian War[edit]

Russo-Turkish War of 1877–1878[edit]

  • 1877, July 23 – Ottoman central battery ironclad Feth-i Bülend duels inconclusively with Russian auxiliary cruiser Vesta in the Black Sea.

War of the Pacific[edit]

Spanish–American War[edit]

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

Venezuelan Civil War[edit]

  • 1902, February 7 - Rebel auxiliary cruiser Libertador sinks Venezuelan gunboat General Crespo.[3]

Mexican Revolution[edit]

World War I[edit]

Russian Civil War[edit]

  • 1920, May 3 – Soviet floating battery Krasnaya Zarya engages French sloop Le Scarpe off Ochakov, damaging her and forcing her surrender.

World War II[edit]

Ecuadorian–Peruvian War[edit]

  • 1941, July 25 – Ecuadorian gunboat Abdón Calderón duels inconclusively with Peruvian destroyer Almirante Villar off Jambeli

Korean War[edit]

Vietnam War[edit]

Sri Lankan Civil War[edit]

  • 2003, March 10 – SLNS Sayura sinks LTTE logistic vessel MV Koimer off Mullaitivu

Anti-piracy in Somalia[edit]

Anti-piracy in the Gulf of Guinea[edit]

  • 28 August 2012 – Pirated tanker Centurian fights off a Togolese navy patrol vessel and escapes.[8]
  • 19 February 2016 – Nigerian frigate NNS Okpabana captures the pirated tanker Maximus in the Gulf of Guinea in a contested boarding action.[9]

Second Libyan Civil War[edit]

  • 6 April 2017 – A Libyan Coast Guard vessel captures a migrant smuggling vessel after an action off Zawiya.[10]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "No. 16194". The London Gazette. 22 October 1808. pp. 1437–1438.
  2. ^ Sapunar Peric, Pedro. "El Mini Combate Naval de Tocopilla" (PDF) (in Spanish). Valparaíso, Chile: Academia de Historia Naval y Marítima de Chile. Retrieved 5 July 2019. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
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  5. ^ "Winona, 1946" (PDF). Cutters, Craft & U.S. Coast Guard Manned Army & Navy Vessels. U.S. Coast Guard Historian's Office. Retrieved 8 August 2015.
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  7. ^ Oakes, Dan (2011-03-26). "Navy takes its first shot at pirates". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2017-06-20.
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