11 October 1797
Art of Paul Deacon
an ally of France, Holland assisted in a plan to land material
for Irish rebels in Ireland.
Dutch fleet of 16 ships under Admiral Jan de Winter set
sail with equipment and 15,000 troops hoping to take advantage
of unrest in the Royal Navy following the mutinies at the
Nore and Spithead.
British North Sea Fleet under Admiral Adam Duncan intercepted
the Dutch and began what turned into a bloody fight.
the end of the clash the Dutch had suffered 5000 casualties
and had lost nine ships of the line and a number of frigates.
Duncan had not lost one vessel.
eased pressures on the Royal Navy having to cover the Dutch
fleet and ended Irish rebel hopes of getting any support
from mainland Europe.