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.

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

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]


Napoleonic Wars[edit]

First Barbary War[edit]

War of 1812[edit]

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


First Schleswig War[edit]

  • 1849 June 27 - Prussian paddle steamer Preussischer Adler duels inconclusively with Danish brig St. Croix off Brusterort

Crimean War[edit]

  • 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[edit]

Chincha Islands 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]

Franco-Prussian War[edit]

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

Spanish–American War[edit]

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

Mexican Revolution[edit]

World War I[edit]

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]

Second Libyan Civil War[edit]

  • 6 April 2017 - Libyan Coast Guard vessel captures a migrant smuggling vessel after an action off Zawiya.[4]

See also[edit]

Further reading[edit]


  1. ^ "No. 16194". The London Gazette. 22 October 1808. pp. 1437–1438. 
  2. ^ "Winona, 1946" (PDF). Cutters, Craft & U.S. Coast Guard Manned Army & Navy Vessels. U.S. Coast Guard Historian's Office. Retrieved 8 August 2015. 
  3. ^ Oakes, Dan (2011-03-26). "Navy takes its first shot at pirates". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2017-06-20. 
  4. ^