"This was a most satisfactory exhibition of valour, and a most unsatisfactory battle; magnificent, but not war"

William Laird Clowes



Historical background
The Fleets Involved
Scenario Set-up and Sources
The Refight Stage-by Stage (1)
The Refight Stage-by-Stage (2)


The Inshore Squadron's refight of the Battle of Dogger Bank in 1781 was staged during Flagship 99 at Fort Brockhurst in Gosport on the 26th and 27th June 1999.

Flagship is an event for maritime enthusiasts which is held annually by the Naval Wargames Society, and is intended for people wishing to browse the trade stands and to see the demonstration and participation games staged for the event.

General view of the Refight of the Battle of Dogger Bank at Flagship 99. The Dutch line in the foreground is cut by the Buffalo, which has detached from the British line. The players in the background are separated by a few feet and two thousand years, as triremes fight it out in the first competition of Rod Langton's Naumachiae rules.

The second battle of Dogger Bank was a squadron action fought off the Dutch coast during the American War of Independence. It was notable both for the varied age and condition of the ships taking part and for the ferocity of the combat, more personnel being killed or wounded on this occasion than in major fleet actions of the period involving more than three times the number of ships.

With their determined resistance the Dutch honoured a long tradition, stretching back to the three Anglo-Dutch wars of the previous century and continuing to their final fleet action against Admiral Duncan at the Battle of Camperdown in 1797.