Battle of La Hougue 1692 shipwrecks and aerial discussion
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Battle of La Hougue 1692 shipwrecks and aerial
A very interesting aerial photography, taken in low water and hig tide, where you can see above the surface the rest of french fleet sank during the famous battle of La Hougue in 1692.
i've been diving a lot on those wrecks and found many canons and canon balls everywhere.
We salvage a few of them for the local museum.
We can also see hoysters bed everywhere
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The naval nattles of Barfleur and La Hougue took place between 27 May and 3 June 1692 (17-23 May in the Julian calendar then in use in England) at Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue near Barfleur in the Cotentin peninsula, Normandy, France. It was the decisive naval battle of the War of the Grand Alliance.
In May 1692 the French fleet of 44 ships of the line under the command of the Comte Anne Hilarion de Tourville was preparing to transport an invading army of Franco-Irish troops to restore James II to the English throne. The French victory at the Battle of Beachy Head two years earlier, in June 1690, had opened up the possibility of destroying the allied fleet and landing an invading army.
On 27 May the French set out from Bertheaume Bay and in the English Channel encountered the Anglo-Dutch fleet of 99 (or 98) ships commanded by Admiral Edward Russell. Despite being heavily outnumbered, the French attacked, forcing the English and Dutch to retreat with two ships sunk and 5000 dead, against 1700 for the French and all ships afloat.
Action was rejoined on 29 May and the allies gave chase westwards that day and the next. On 1 June the French ships Soleil Royal, Admirable and Triomphant were beached for repairs near Cherbourg, as the rest of the French fleet rested in the Bay of La Hougue. On 2 June, Russell attacked with boats and fire ships and destroyed the three ships at Cherbourg. On 3 June the allied fleet made its way into the bay and burnt another twelve French ships of the line.