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Battle of Solebay

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The naval Battle of Solebay took place on 28 May Old Style, 7 June New Style[7][8] 1672 and was the first naval battle of the Third Anglo-Dutch War.

Battle of Solebay
Part of the third Anglo-Dutch War
The Burning of the Royal James at the Battle of Solebay, 28 May 1672 by Willem van de Velde the Younger
Date6 June 1672

Dutch victory [1][2][3]

  • Anglo-French invasion of The Dutch Republic prevented
Statenvlag.svg Dutch Republic Flag_of_England.svg England
Royal_Standard_of_the_King_of_France.svg France
Commanders and leaders
Dutch Republic Michiel de Ruyter
Dutch Republic Adriaen Banckert
Dutch Republic Willem Joseph van Ghent 
Kingdom of England James, Duke of York
Kingdom of England Edward Montagu 
Kingdom of France Jean II d'Estrées
61 ships of the line
14 frigates
32 fire ships
22 smaller ships
4,500 guns
20,700 men[4][5]
80 ships of the line
13 frigates
24 fire ships
28 smaller ships
6,158 guns
35,000-40,000 men[6][5]
Casualties and losses
1 ship destroyed
1 ship captured
≈1600 sailors killed
4 ships destroyed
≈2500 sailors killed

The battle began as an attempted raid on Solebay port where an English fleet was anchored and largely unprepared for battle. They were then surprised by a Dutch fleet. The battle prevented a planned allied naval invasion of the Dutch Republic and boosted the morale of the Dutch population.

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