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  • May, 1720: Lead a group of six British frigates to a glorious victory against a larger French patrol fleet. Of the attacking British ships only one sunk, while France lost two second-rate ships of the line and ten frigates that day.
  • March 9th, 1721: Lead a group of two British frigates to intercept and defeat a merchant fleet of six larger French merchantmen and frigates. Against the odds of being outnumbered three to one and vastly outgunned, the bold British captains outsmarted their enemies and won the battle. See the complete battle report for more information.
  • March 23rd, 1721: Accepted a mission from the bartender in Port Royal to collect five crates of cargo floating in the water outside the port. However, the goods was heavily guarded by many ignorant captains in their frigates. In the end HMS Deliverence was heavily damaged and nearly sunk. But eventually she got through, sinking five of her opponents and securing the crates of goods. It was a close call and lessons to be learned.
  • April 4th, 1721: Participated in a fleet of ships from St.George Squadron of the White hunting pirates outside Turtling Bay. Among several encounters, the HMS Boadicea was boarded and plundered. Captain Wilmore escaped and returned later to the pirate hunt.
  • April 17th, 1721: Lead the his own HMS Deliverence, 36 and Captain Kyle McAvoy's 'Jupiter', 34 on patrol outside Bluefields. A large fleet of eight French frigates attacked. However, thanks to good cooperation and good tacticts, the two British captains won the day. And although both the HMS Deliverence and the Jupiter was heavily damaged, all the French ships were sunk.
  • April 18th, 1721: Captain James Wilmore and four other captains from St.George Squadron of the White were asked to hunt for French ships outside Spanish Town. Four French frigates showed up on the horizon, and the British started the pursuit. However, as it turned out these Frenchmen were really bold and skilled captains and the hunters soon became the prey. The HMS Deliverence and all the other British ships were badly mauled.
  • May 1st, 1721: Captaining his naval fifth-rate frigate, the HMS Success, Captain James Wilmore and four other captains from St.George Squadron of the White took part in the assult on Port of Spain. Although not being able to conquer the town until Spanish reinforcements arrived, the British won a solid naval victory as their 24 frigates sunk most of the opposing 23 Spanish 3rd rates. This was a crushing blow to the Spanish economy. The battle was won due to strong British seamanship and good battle discipline.
  • June 1st, 1721: Under the command of Captain James Wilmore the HMS Success took part in the assult on Orleans. The opposing Spanish fleet was stronger and better lead than the British, and it didn't take long until the Spaniards 3rd rates chased the British frigates away. Quite a few British ships were sunk, and the HMS Success was so badly mauled it needed a period in the drydock to be refitted. See the full battle report for more information.
  • June 3rd, 1721: The HMS Leicester, under the command of Captain James Wilmore was patrolling some 140 miles to the north of Portobelo, New Grenada. She encountered a Spanish maneuvering fleet of twelve larger ships and was attacked. Captain Wilmore did press his crew to fight to the death for King and country, and by the time the honourable Captains Maddox, Castor and Graves came to his rescue, he had already sunk four of the twelve Spaniards. Captain Maddox, being the senior officer, assumed command, and together the four Bristish ships defeated the rest of the Spanish fleet, none escaped.
  • June 8th, 1721: The HMS Leicester, under the command of Captain James Wilmore, acted as flagship for a small patrolling fleet off the coast of San Juan. Twenty Pirate and national enemy vessels were engaged and defeated.
  • June 15th, 1721: The HMS Leicester, under the command of Captain James Wilmore, took part in the defence of Cartagena. The HMS Leicester was one of the biggest ships taking part on British way in the and lead the line for the colossal group. However, as the battle against the Dons turned ill and the British started to flee, HMS Leicester was captured and later released and bought back into British service.
  • June 22nd, 1721: Captain James Wilmore acted as Commodore for a battle group of three of His Majesty's vessels patrolling in the North West of Havana. He was commanding the HMS Leicester as his flagship. Captain Will Collister was captaining his proud 2nd rate, the HMS Hope and Glory, while Captain Michelle Wain was commanding a 5th rate frigate as an escort. The mission was a great success. The British ships defeated eight Spanish and twelve French vessels, and among them was one 1st rate, two 2nd rates, some 3rd rates and 4th rates, and the rest 5th rate frigates.
  • July 1st, 1721: Captain James Wilmore acted as Commodore for a battle group of six of St. George Squadron's vessels patrolling in the Bahamas. He was commanding the HMS Leicester as his flagship. The patrol concluded satisfactory, as the British ships defeated thirty six Pirate and eight French vessels.
  • August 24th, 1721: Captain James Wilmore was commanding the HMS Leicester in as a part of the large British fleet that attacked Bridgetown, to take it back from the French. Unfortunately, the French fleet were far superior to the British in terms of firepower, and HMS Leicester was one of the few lucky British ships that managed to escape unharmed.
  • August 31th, 1721: Captain James Wilmore was ordered to gather a fleet and patrol the seas north of the Spanish Main. Captain Kyle McAvoy volunteered, and together, Wilmore's new command the HMS Britannia and McAvoy's HMS Tellus set out from Port Royal. The two proud ships sailed together, and they sank twenty French ships (a 2nd rate, 4th rates, frigates, trade galleons) in a relatively short period of time.
  • September 1st, 1721: Captain James Wilmore took the HMS Britannia out on patrol off the Spanish Main, near Rio de la Hacha. The proud British vessel easily defeated eight Spanish ships (a 4th rate and frigates).
  • September 2nd, 1721: Captain James Wilmore took the HMS Britannia out and fended off a Spanish fleet of eight vessels approaching Bartica.
  • September 4th, 1721: Captain James Wilmore acted as Commodore for a large and powerful fleet consisting of the HMS Britannia, 102 (Wilmore's flagship), the HMS Prince George, 100, the HMS Inexorable, 92, the HMS Hope and Glory, 82, the HMS Ark Raleigh, 82, the HMS Telllus, 82 and some 5th rate escorting frigates. The fleet was one of the most powerful fleets the St.George Squadron of the White has ever mustered. The mission was to patrol the Gulf of Mexico and defeat any enemy fleets. In total, more that eighty enemy vessels were sunk, Spanish, French and Pirate fleets. The cruise was a major success and all captains on the British side did a magnificent job.
  • September 7th, 1721: Captain James Wilmore took the HMS Britannia out to hunt French fleets together with five other British captains of smaller ships in the Antilles. Many enemies were sunk.
  • September 17th-18th, 1721: Captain James Wilmore took the HMS Britannia on patrol in the Bahamas. The patrol was successful, since many French and Pirate vessels were sunk.
  • September 21st, 1721: Sir Wilmore took part in a patrol in Guyana, together with Captain Clonfert, Captain Grey, Captain Iredale and Captain Christian. Captain James Wilmore commanded the HMS Britannia. The patrol was successful, since many enemy vessels were sunk, among them several 1st rates and 2nd rates.
  • September 25th, 1721: Sir Wilmore acted as Commodore on a patrol mission in Guyana, commanding the HMS Britannia. The captains Mederiel, Vengeance and Iredale were commanding frigates and a sloop. twenty four enemy vessels were defeated.
  • September 25th, 1721: As preparations for the assault on Cartagena,Sir Wilmore commanded the HMS Alnwick as a part of a smaller fleet of British vessels patrolling outside the port. Around thirty Spanish ships were sunk or captured.
  • September 25th, 1721: Under the command of Captain James Wilmore the HMS Alnwick took part in the assult on Cartagena. The opposing Spanish fleet constisted mainly of frigates and 3rd rates, while the British fleet had more firepower. Many ships were sunk on each side. However, even though the British did defeat more enemny vessels than the Spanish, they did not manage to take control over the port and had to retreat in the end.
  • October 11th, 1721: The HMS Britannia was ordered to patrol in Guyana. Captain Wilmore discovered a large fleet of pirate ships trying to attack British trade vessels outside Georgetown and engaged. Initially, the HMS Britannia took much damage from the concentrated pirate fire. However, after intense repairing and getting into a more strategic position, she took down all her enemies due to her superior heavy guns. Twelve pirate vessels were sunk and captured, among them a Treason flagship.
  • November 9th, 1721: Commodore Sir James Wilmore was ordered to try to even the odds for the upcoming battle of Bluefields with the Spaniards. He took command over the HMS Alnwick, 54 and ordered Captain William Pole to bring his HMS Hussar, 28 to the fleet. The two captains fought bravely together and sunk ten Spanish vessels.
  • November 9th, 1721: Captain Sir James Wilmore was ordered to take part in the battle for Bluefields. He commanded the HMS Alnwick, 54, and took over as commodore for the green squadron after the current commodore was sunk. The battle was a decisive victory, 18 Spanish ships were sunk (a 1st rate among them) and the port was reclaimed for England.
  • November 14th, 1721: The HMS Alnwick, under command of Captain Sir James Wilmore was a part of a patrolling fleet of the St.George Squadron of the White, hunting for Spanish ships outside Belize.
  • November 13th, 1721: Captain Sir James Wilmore took command over HMS Northumberland and participated in the battle for Belize. The Spanish was terrified for the British fleet, and the few defenders sought refuge in the fortress. However, when the British ships came in, the Spaniards surrendered. The lone last Spaniard was executed by the British captains. This battle have also become known as The Execution of Belize.
  • November 17th, 1721: The HMS Acasta, under command of Captain Sir James Wilmore was a part of a frigate fleet of the St.George Squadron of the White, hunting for French ships outside Port St. Joe and New Orleans. The mission was a success, the French ports were unstabilized and there will soon be a battle of conquest for their ownership.
  • November 30th, 1721: The HMS Britannia, under command of Captain Sir James Wilmore left Marsh Harbour to hunt down French warships in the Bahamas. In total, sixteen French vessels were sunk.
  • December 8th, 1721: Captain Sir James Wilmore was ordered to take command of the White Squadron in the assault on West End. He commanded the HMS Alnwick, 54, and lead the White Squadron as part of the Bristish fleet to a glorious victory. The French gave up the control of the port to the British without a fight, and the port was reclaimed for England.
  • December 9th, 1721: Captain Sir James Wilmore, on the quaterdeck of HMS Acasta, 42, took part in the British war efforts outside Santo Domingo and Gibara. Many Spanish traders and patrol ships met their ends as a result of this effort. And the HMS Acasta took part in sinking seven Don Captains hunting for British ships as well.
  • December 14-15th, 1721: The HMS Britannia, 102, was ordered to take part in patrolling in the Bahamas, under the command of Captain Sir James Wilmore. Together with a few other British ships, the HMS Prince George, 100, and HMS Trident, 102, being among them, she defeated more than thirty enemies, from 3rd rates to frigates.
  • January 4-5th, 1722: The HMS Britannia, 102, was ordered to patrolling the Bahamas, under the command of Baron James Wilmore. Together with Captain Bosandy in his fifth-rate frigate, she defeated thirty-two Pirate ships close to Marsh Harbour.
  • January 10th, 1722: The HMS Britannia, 102, sunk eight Pirate vessels outside Nassau.
  • January 11th, 1722: The French had launched an offensive on West End and Nassau in the Bahamas. Commodore James Wilmore, from the quarterdeck of HMS Britannia, 102, lead a squadron of six British ships to defend the waters. The mission was a tremendous success. With no more than six ships, more than fifty enemy vessels were defeated, including three 1st rates. The Bahamas are now once again safe waters for British captains. Under the command of Commodore Wilmore, the honorable captains Keith Bosandy, Simon Tredrea and Ryan Iredale fought in their frigates. In addition, the captains Annabel and Juliette Harford joined in their 1st rate and Couronne Galleon.
  • January 13th, 1722: Captain James Wilmore captained the HMS Britannia to hunt down and sink pirate ships outside Nassau. Nine vessels were defeated.
  • January 14th, 1722: Captain James Wilmore captained the HMS Britannia to defend Nassau from the French that were again attacking. The HMS Britannia alone sunk twelve enemy ships. She also sunk eight Pirates ships that tried to interfere.
  • January 18-19th, 1722: The HMS Britannia, 102, under the command of Commodore the Baron James Wilmore was the flagship of a fleet patrolling the Bahamas. Captains participating in the fleet were Viscount Will Collister, Captain Paul Melhuish, Captain Keith Bosandy and Captain James Zweet. The patrol was successful, more than forty French, Spanish and Pirate vessels were sunk or captured.
  • January 21-22th, 1722: Captain James Wilmore was ordered to patrol the waters outside Port Royal. He took out his newly refitted frigate, the HMS Success, 44, and patrolled the area in range of 100 miles or the port. Wilmore engaged and defeated seven Spanish traders that were banned from trading in the area and refused to take orders to sail away.
  • January 22th, 1722: Captain James Wilmore was ordered to take command over a small British fleet of ships and engage the French in the British efforts to capture Orleans. In the heat of battle, many captains (French and British) were sunk. Commodore Wilmore lead his squadron successfully in an engagement of six French vessels. Later, six new French ships attack his fleet. This second squadron of enemy ships turned out to be stronger and more cunningly lead. There was little he could to to avoid having his fleet defeated. From the quartedeck of HMS Alnwick he could see that his ships were sunk of captured one by one, and Alnwick was badly mauled and needed repairs. However, after having done some quick repairs, he set out again, with a new squadron of ships. Again, as Wilmore and the others blockaded the port, they were again attacked by a French squadron. This time they were split up byt their enemies, but on Wilmore's orders the British got away, except for one vessel that was captured by the French. After a long effort of blockading the port and attacking French ships, the British won the day and there is now real contention of Orleans.
  • January 25th, 1722: The HMS Acasta, 42, under the command of Captain James Wilmore was on her way from Turtling Bay to Port Royal. Some hundred miles south of Port Royal she was ambushed by two pirate frigates. They outgunned her and particularly one of them was a faster sailor. The HMS Acasta had no chance of escape and was boarded. In the brawl on deck Captain Wilmore fought bravely, but being so outnumbered he had to surrender at last. However, he later escaped and the Acasta was later recaptured by the British and refitted for service once again.
  • January 25th, 1722: The HMS Northumberland, 72, under the command of Commodore James Wilmore engaged and defeated three pirate vessels outside Orleans. Captain Davis Cole in his frigate did also take part in the action, under Wilmore's command.
  • January 25th, 1722: Commodore James Wilmore ordered some of the trusted captains of the St.George Squadron of the White out on a patrolling mission in the Bahamas. From the quartedeck of HMS Britannia, 102, he commanded a fleet consisting of Captain Sir Kyle McAvoy (HMS Trident, 102), Captain Paul Melhuish (HMS Bronze Dragon, 72), Captain Michael Southwick (5th-rate frigate, 40), Captain Keith Bosandy (5th-rate frigate, 28), Captain Davis Cole (5th-rate frigate, 36) and Captain Jack Naseby (sloop of war). All in all, eighty enemy vessels were defeated, mostly French and Pirate. Among them was a French 1st rate, some 3rd rates, and a some Pirate Treason flagships. Another successful mission for the Squadron's captains.
  • February 4th, 1722: Commodore Wilmore ordered Captain Keating to join him on a patrol mission outside Nassau. The HMS Britannia, 102, and the HMS Phoenix, 20, sailed together and defeated twelve French marchant ships that were bound for Florida with supplies. The HMS Phoenix was close to sinking, but Captain Keating managed to get her out of range from the enemy ships long enough to do some basic repairs while the Commodore Wilmore engaged the enemy up close to drag them off.
  • February 5th, 1722: From the quartedeck of HMS Success, 44, Commodore Wilmore led a group of three British frigates patrolling the waters off Jaqueme. The captains Michael Peterson and William Shawn followed Wilmore's orders excellently as they all scouted for enemies. However, the British squadron was suddenly ambushed by four stronger pirate ships. They were outnumbered and outgunned, and they had no chance of escape. Captain Shawn was sunk very fast, and Commodore Wilmore decided to sacrifice his own ship to save Captain Peterson. He turned around and faced the pirates with the Union Jack flying from the mast and his crew singing Strength in Unity as they fought for their lives. In the end, Commodore Wilmore was boarded and captured by the stronger foes. However, Captain Peterson did manage to escape, due to Wilmore's sacrifice. Captain Wilmore was later freed by a British offensive against the Brethren of the Coast, and the HMS Success restored into service.
  • February 5th, 1722: Captain Wilmore participated in the defence of Jaqueme, captaining the HMS Northumberland, 72. He was part of a fleet of twenty four British frigates and rates, together with Captain Naseby and two other captains from the St.George Squadron of the White. The battle went ill, and the French recaptured Jaqueme. They sunk or defeated most of the British fleet. The HMS Northumberland was so badly mauled she had to take a long stay at the yards in Port Royal afterwards. Captain Wilmore was wounded in his left shoulder, by a musket shot. It was no serious wound, however, and he quickly recovered.
  • February 6th, 1722: Captain Wilmore took part of the assault on Maracaibo, commanding the HMS Alnwick, 54. In total, seven captains from the St.George Squadron participated. The battle was a great success for Britain, as the port was conquered. All 21 Spanish ships were sunk, captured, fled or surrendered, while Britain only lost two frigates.
  • February 10th, 1722: Captain Wilmore took part in a patrolling mission outside Marsh Harbour, commanding the HMS Britannia, 102. Captain Ryeman was leading the squadron, and the captains Cole, Keating, Blair and Stites did each command a ship in the fleet. In total thirty two French vessels were sunk or captured.
  • February 18th, 1722: Captain Wilmore took command over a squadron of three ships to patrol the waters South and East of Irish Point. From the quarterdeck of the HMS Alnwick, 54, he commanded the two frigates HMS Royal Keith, 32, captained by Captain Bosandy, and another 44 gun-frigate under the command of Captain Franklin Klink. The patrol did intercept and defeat some Pirate ships and some Spanish vessels. In the end they three British ships took on an entire French supply fleet, sunk the escorts and captured the galleons for the Crown.
  • February 19th, 1722: Captain Wilmore sailed the HMS Alnwick, 54 from Santo Domingo to Port Royal, when there was a signal for help out from a British 2nd rate just outside teh British capital. It had been ambushed by six Pirate frigates, and they had now split her off from her escorts. Wilmore and some smaller British frigates tried to defend the 2nd rate, but to no avail. In the end, the HMS Alnwick was boarded and captured as well. Later the same day it was recaptured, however, and Captain Wilmore was again free to fight for king and country.
  • February 19th, 1722: Commodore Wilmore took command over a squadron of two vessels and patrolled the waters outside Cartagena to prepare for an all out British assault on the port. Captain Soren joined Wilmore's HMS Success, and together they defeated fifteen Spanish vessels.
  • February 20th, 1722: Commodore Wilmore, captaining the HMS Alnwick, 54, took command over the fleet attacking Cartagena. It was a small British fleet, consisting only of eight ships. Facing a superior enemy of nineteen Spanish vessels, Admiral Wilmore decided to order a retreat. The entire British fleet got away unharmed, but the Spanish kept the port.
  • February 22nd, 1722: Captain Wilmore was ordered to bring the HMS Britannia, 102, to aid a British patrolling squadron in the Bahamas. The other captains participating were the captains Cole, Naseby, Keating and Barney. Many enemy ships were defeated; French and Pirates.
  • March 8th, 1722: Commodore Wilmore ordered a squadron of SGS captains to take part in defending the waters of West End and to try to blockade the French assault fleet from receiving any more French reinforcements and supplies before the upcoming battle. The captains Southwick, Hewitt and Matthews took part in the operation. In addition, the captains Anton and Lattimore rendered their services as well, even if they originally belong to other fleets. The operation cost the French twenty-eight ships.
  • March 16th, 1722: Captain Wilmore took the HMS Alnwick out to patrol the waters of Port Royal. Two French merchantmen were captured.
  • March 17th-18th, 1722: Captain Wilmore, captaining the HMS Britannia, 102, sunk and captured twenty eight French vessels in the Bahamas. Among them was a third rate and several fourth rates.
  • March 18th, 1722: Commodore Wilmore, in the HMS Britannia, 102, together with Captain Bosandy, sunk and captured twenty four French and Spanish vessels in the Bahamas. Among them was two third rates and several fourth rates.
  • March 22nd, 1722: Commodore Wilmore, in the HMS Britannia, 102, together with Captain Southwick, patrolled the waters of Nassau and defeated eight French ships.
  • March 22nd, 1722: The HMS Alnwick, 54, under the command of Captain Wilmore, was a part of the large British fleet defending Charlestown and attacking Cabo Raphael. more than thirty Pirate ships was sunk or captured under the broadsides of the Alnwick.
  • March 29th, 1722: The HMS Acasta, 42, under the command of Captain Wilmore, took part in the assault on Puerto de Principe. Together with five other captains from the honorable St. George Squadron of the White, Captain Wilmore blockaded the port, and twelve Spanish ships were sunk in the endeavour.
  • April 2nd, 1722: Commodore Wilmore, in the HMS Alnwick, 54, put together a squadron consisting of himself and the captains Lord Joseph Fletcher, Sebastian Bach, Steve Jones, John Lewis Drake and Lou Riggs. The squadron patrolled the waters of Belize, awaiting the coming French assault fleet. More than thirty French vessels were sunk or captured, from the smallest merchantmen to 4th rated warships.
  • April 4th, 1722: Commodore Wilmore, from the quarterdeck of HMS Britannia, 102, lead a long patrol. His squadron consisted of the flagship HMS Britannia, 102, the HMS Trident, 102, and two smaller escort vessels. The squadron patrolled the waters from Marsh Harbor in the Bahamas and all the way through Florida and into the Gulf of Mexico. More than eighty French, Pirate and Spanish vessels were sunk or captured, from the smallest merchantmen to 3rd rated warships.
  • April 5th, 1722: Captain Wilmore, from the quarterdeck of HMS Acasta, 42, participated in the British offensive on Cayo de Marquis, in a squadron under the command of Captain Kylin Drake. Other captains in the squadron: Thomas Puma, Locust Thorne, Bradley Angel and Lou Riggs. Even though many Pirates attempted to disturb the offensive, five French enemies were sunk (one of them three times!) and twenty eight more were sunk or captured in patrol outside the port. The Acasta was also in an engagement six Pirate vessels, but she escaped unharmed.
  • April 7th, 1722: Commodore Wilmore, from the quarterdeck of HMS Britannia, 102, continued the the patrol of the western waters of the Caribbean. Wilmore's squadron consisted of the flagship HMS Britannia, 102, the HMS Trident, 102, and some smaller escort vessels. The squadron patrolled the waters from Barilla in the Gulf of Mexico and eastwards to Puerto Cabezas in Yucatan. Close to fifty French, Pirate and Spanish vessels were sunk or captured.
  • April 8th, 1722: CaptainWilmore, while captaining the HMS Alnwick, 54, and together with Captain Southwick engaged six Pirates vessels that had attacked some British ships outside Bluefields. Due to poor leadership and poor navigation from some of the other British captains, the Pirate Bloody Sven managed to board the Alnwick her. And even thought the crew fought bravely, they could not resist being so heaviy outnumbered for long. The ship was captured, but was soon liberated and reinstated to service.
  • April 8th, 1722: The HMS Northumberland, 72, under the commanc of Lord Wilmore, took part in the assault on Cayo de Marquis on April 8th 1722. Too long have the French had their strong foothold in the Bahamas. The British fleet consisted of twenty four ships, and among them where several 1st rates, and many captains from the St.George Squadron of the White. The outcome was a tremendous victory for Britain, as only two British ships were sunk to more than fifteen French. The port was successfully captured for Britain and a new governor was installed. (Read the full report.) Long live King George!
  • April 30th, 1722: Captain James Wilmore, captaining the HMS Britannia, 102, chased down and defeated eight Spanish ships in the waters East of Turtling Bay.
  • May 3rd, 1722: The HMS Britannia, 102, chased down and defeated twelve Spanish ships off the coast of Puerto Cabezas, including a 2nd rate, a 3rd rate, a 4th rate and many 5th rate frigates.
  • May 10th, 1722: Lord Wilmore, commanding the HMS Britannia, 102, defeated a Spanish resupply fleet headed for Belize. The crew was happy, for the prize money was great.
  • May 11th, 1722: The HMS Britannia was the flagship in Lord Wilmore's squadron of three British captains that hunted Spanish ships North East of Puerto Cabezas. Twenty three Spanish ships were sunk or captured. The other ships in the squadron were the HMS Visigoth, commanded by Captain Benedict Pryde and the HMS Proteus, commanded by Captain Edmond Rooke.
  • May 14th, 1722: Commodore Lord Wilmore took command over a squadron of three British ships, patrolling the Yucatan and the Spanish Main. The ships were the HMS Britannia, 102 (flagship), Captain McAvoy's HMS Trident, 102, and Captain Bosandy's HMS Della, 34. The mission was a success; forty-four Spanish and sixteen French ships were sunk or captured.
  • May 21st, 1722: Commodore Lord Wilmore, commanding the HMS Britannia, 102, brought Captain Bosandy with him and sunk twelve Spanish ships outside Bartica.
  • June 18th, 1722: Lord Wilmore took command over HMS Impregnable and ordered Captain Phillip Devons to join his squadron on patrol off Port Royal. Together they sunk three Pirate vessels that had come to close to the port and were threatening the merchantmen.
  • February 9th, 1724: Lord Wilmore in his HMS Northumberland, 72, confronted eight French warships outside Turtling Bay. After some time with good British seamanship and gunnery, the French were defeated; seven frigates and one 4th rate.
  • February 20th, 1724: Commodore Lord Wilmore in his HMS Britannia, 102, lead a fleet consisting of Captain Eddy Winnard, Captain James Thomson and Captain John Patrick Penn, patrolling in Guyana. Twelve large Pirate ships and a French trade convoy were defeated, among them a Treason Pirate flagship.
  • February 27th, 1724: Commodore Lord Wilmore in his HMS Britannia, 102, lead a fleet consisting of Viscount Gabriel Laurence in his Wenden class, 72 , Captain Mort Wilkes in a Lexington brig, and Captain James Sullivan in the HMS Redoubtable, 72, and Captain Thomas Blood in a Deliverence class 5th rate frigate patrolling in Guyana. Many French, Spanish and Pirate ships were sunk or captured, among them many 2nd and 3rd rates and trade galleons. The HMS Britannia was also boarded by a bold French captain, but Lord Wilmore repelled the attack and the French captains 3rd rate was sunk.
  • March 1st, 1724: Earl Wilmore in his HMS Leicester, 52, took part in the assault on Bluefields. The French had taken control of the port some weeks back, and now it was time for Britain to recapture it. Together with the Captains Bach, Howe, Sandstone and Markham, Earl Wilmore was a part of the assault fleet, which mainly consisted of heavier 4th rates and 5th rate frigates. The battle was an even one, but in the end the British fleet turned out to have the best seamanship and won the port back for the crown. Some British ships were sunk or badly mauled though. The HMS Leicester was at one point forced to either trying to run away from the battle, run aground or turn right into the French fleet. Captain Wilmore chose the latter, and by doing so he got the attention of many French captains and hence saved some other British vessels from being sunk behind him. The HMS Leicester, however, was so badly damaged that she needed extensive repairs in Santa Catalina afterwards.
  • March 2nd, 1724: Earl Wilmore in his HMS Leicester, 52, was in a fleet of six British vessels hunting Spanish ships north of Santa Clara. More than thirty Spanish ships were sunk.
  • March 12th, 1724: Commodore Earl Wilmore took command over the HMS Alnwick, 54, and headed for the waters of Santo Domingo. Captain Kyle McAvoy joined in his Macedon-class frigate hunter. The two British ships encountered a trade fleet of three Spanish merchants and engaged in battle. However, the three Spaniards were soon joined by two Spanish escort ships and the odds seemed to change. The hunters became prey, but thanks to skillful sailing both the British captains escaped after exchanging some broadsides.
  • March 12th, 1724: Commodore Earl Wilmore and Captain Kyle McAvoy engaged and sunk eight Pirate vessels outside Santo Domingo.
  • March 19th, 1724: Commodore Earl Wilmore and another British captain were preparing the defenses of Bartica, which were under blockade by the French at the time. Engaging twelve French vessels, the two British captains hoped to use skillful maneuvering to get the better of the French. However, another French veteran captain turned up and took command of the French fleet. In the beginning, the HMS Alnwick, 54, and the smaller British 5th rate frigate did well, but in the end the French guns were too many. Both British ships were heavily mauled and needed extensive repairs after the battle. Only two French frigates were defeated.
  • March 19th, 1724: Earl Wilmore took part in the defense of Bartica, as a fleet of French 2nd, 4th and 5th rated vessels attacked it. From the quarterdeck of the HMS Leicester, 52, Captain Wilmore could give calm orders to direct the ship in the heat of battle. The British defense line held and after a brief French attempt to assail the town, the attack party was defeated. The battle was a decisive victory for the British, and not a single ship were lost. The enemy lost several proud vessels, among them a galleon.
  • April 2nd, 1724: Earl Wilmore set out from Turtling Bay with the HMS Leicester and headed for Portobelo. By fighting Spanish ships in those waters, Earl Wilmore aided the assault on the port. More than thirty Spanish vessels were deafeated by the single British ship, among them one third rate and three fourth rates.