The Battle of the Camperdown (Kamperduin) took place on the 11th October 1797 off the Dutch coast.
The Royal Navy, under the command of Admiral Adam Duncan with 24 ships defeated a Dutch fleet of 25 ships under the command of Admiral Jan Willem de Winter.
The British attacked in two columns with Duncan leading one line in Venerable and Vice-Admiral Richard Onslow leading the other in Monarch. The British attacked quickly to prevent the Dutch ships from reaching the protection of shallow waters near the coast. Venerable broke through the Dutch line and engaged de Winter's flagship, Vrijheid and several other British ships broke through as well. After a close action several Dutch ships managed to flee east; 11 were captured including the flagship, Vrijheid, but the British ships were too damaged to pursue.
British casualties were 220 killed and 812 wounded; Dutch casualties were 540 killed and 620 wounded. Admiral de Winter, taken prisoner when his flagship, dismasted and with over half her crew killed or wounded, struck attempted to hand his sword to Duncan who refused and shook his hand instead.
|British Fleet - Windward Division|
|Venerable||74||Flag - Admiral Adam Duncan
Cptn. - William Fairfax
|Ardent||64||Richard Burges (Killed in Action)|
|British Fleet - Leeward Division|
|Monarch||74||Flag - Vice-Admiral Richard Onslow
Cptn. - Edward O'Brien
|Dutch Fleet - Line of Battle|
|Gelijkheid||68||Cdr. H. A. Ruijsch||Captured|
|Beschermer||56||Cptn. Hinxt (Killed in Action)|
|Hercules||64||Cdr. Rijsoort||Caught fire & captured|
|Tjerk Hiddes De Vries||68||Cptn. J. B. Zegers||Captured|
|Vrijheid||74||Flag - Admiral Jan Willem de Winter
Cdr. - L. W. van Rossum (Killed in Action)
|Staten-Generaal||74||Flag - Rear-Admiral Samuel Story
Cptn. - ?
|Wassenaar||64||Cdr. A. Holland (Killed in Action)||Captured|
|Brutus||74||Flag - Rear-Admiral Bloys van Treslong
|Leijden||68||Cdr. J. D. Musquetier|
|Mars||44||Cdr. J. H. Kloff|
|Jupiter||72||Flag - Vice-Admiral Reyntjes
Cptn. - ?
|Haarlem||68||Cptn. O. Wiggerts||Captured|
|Alkmaar||56||Cptn. J. W. Krafft||Captured|
|Delft||54||Cptn. G. Verdooren||Captured. Sank on 14th|
|British Fleet - Also Present|
|Martin||16||Cdr. Charles Paget|
|Active||12||Lt. J. Hamilton|
|Diligent||12||Lt. T. Dawson|
|King George||12||Lt. James Rains|
|Rose||10||Lt. Joseph Brodie|
|Speculator||8||Lt. H. Hales|
|Dutch Fleet - Frigate Line|
|Atalante||18||Cdr. B. Pletsz|
|Heldin||32||Cdr. Dumenil de Lestrille|
|Waakzaamheid||24||Cdr. Meindert Van Mierop|
|Ambuscade||36||Cdr. J. Huijs||Captured, aground and recaptured later|
|Monnikendam||44||Cdr. Thomas Lancester||Captured & wrecked|