This was an important naval battle that was fought between the British under Admiral Sir George Rodney and the French under the Comte de Grasse between April 9th, 1782 and April 12th, 1782, during the Anglo-French War. The Battle was fought off the Island of Dominica and was named after the group of islands between Gaudeloupe and Dominica which were collectively known as the "Saintes".
This battle was important to the British forces as the fleet was responsible for the blockade of Yorktown and was responsible in part for the British surrender. With the British surrender at Yorktown, the next phase of the French/Spanish plan was to invade Jamaica.
On April 7, 1782 the French left Martinique to rendezvous with 12 Spanish ships of the line and to embark 15,000 troops. On hearing this Admiral Rodney left in pursuit of the French fleet the next day.
April 9th saw the British fleet catch the French fleet and the two sides sailed in line for the next few days while repairing damage to their respective ships.
At 7:40 am on the 12th, the British began to engage the French fleet and the two sides engaged each other in broadsides. Due to shifting winds, the British ships broke the line and delivered a devastating attack on the French fleet. Eventually with the French fleet in disarray, the Ville de Paris, struck her colours and the Comte de Grasse surrendered to the British.
|Ships of the Line.|
|Bonhomme Richard firing broadside.|
|The French ship of the line L'Orient burning.|