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

Anglo-Spanish War

Golden Age of Piracy

War of the Austrian Succession

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

American Revolutionary War

French Revolutionary Wars


Napoleonic Wars

First Barbary War

War of 1812

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

Argentine War of Independence

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

Suppression of the slave trade

  • 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

First Schleswig War

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

Crimean War

  • 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

Chincha Islands War

Russo-Turkish War of 1877–1878

  • 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

Franco-Prussian War

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

Spanish–American War

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

Mexican Revolution

World War I

Russian Civil War

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

World War II

Ecuadorian–Peruvian War

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

Korean War

Vietnam War

Sri Lankan Civil War

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

Anti-piracy in Somalia

Anti-piracy in the Gulf of Guinea

  • 28 August 2012 – Pirated tanker Centurian fights off a Togolese navy patrol vessel and escapes.[5]
  • 19 February 2016 – Nigerian frigate NNS Okpabana captures the pirated tanker Maximus in the Gulf of Guinea in a contested boarding action.[6]

Second Libyan Civil War

  • 6 April 2017 – A Libyan Coast Guard vessel captures a migrant smuggling vessel after an action off Zawiya.[7]

See also


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