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Date Posted: 22:16:33 06/30/17 Fri
Author: Albert Parker
Subject: Re: Algerian "Navy" 1732
In reply to: AvM 's message, "Re: Algerian "Navy" 1732" on 13:36:37 06/30/17 Fri

>I do not know if the Navy of at least 14 ships
>with one 70 gun , including 40 heavy guns, one year
>old ship, two 60 guns and two 50 guns should be so
>negleced by you. In any case Spain was not ready to
>fight them, as well other nations with real navies.

I don't have any information that Algiers had a 70-gun ship in 1732. The ships they had at that time do not seem to have been armed with anything heavier than 12-pounders. The Spanish battle squadron covering the landing force included
San Felipe, 80 (3-decker)
Galicia, 60 (but listed as a 70 in a contemporary document and perhaps armed with that many guns)
Real Familia, 60 (also listed as 70)
Santiago, 60
Castilla, 60
Andalucía, 60
Conquistador, 60
Hercules, 60
San Francisco [Xavier], 50 (2-decker "frigate," usually 12-pounder main battery)
Fama Volante, 50 (like San Francisco)
2 ships listed at 50 guns but described as "paquebots, probably armed merchantmen
2 bombs

The expedition was well-organized, with specially constructed or modified landing craft, advance planning for gunfire support from the warships during the landing, etc. The Dey of Algiers either didn't know that his second city was about to be attacked or did not prepare adequately; in any case, the Algerian "navy" did not dispute the passage of the invasion convoy from Alicante. That was probably wise, since I have seen no evidence that the Spanish were "not ready to fight."

The Spanish navy was prepared materially and psychologically to fight when it had to. Like other European navies, it was not a kamikaze force, and tried to avoid giving cheap victories to materially superior opponents—just as the Algerians did in 1732, apparently.

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