1762 Lion captured the French Zephyr 100 miles S.W. of Ushant.
1762 Aeolus destroyed the Spanish San José at Aviles, north-west Spain.
1801 Pomone, Phoenix and Minerve drove ashore the French Succés on Vada shoal, and Bravoure 4 miles S. of Leghorn. Succés was captured and refloated; Bravoure became a total loss.
1801 Capitulation of Alexandria to the forces under Adm Lord Keith (Foudroyant) and Lt-Gen Sir John Hutchinson. The French Justice and five other ships captured.
1801 Victor fought the French Fléche to the north-east of the Seychelles
1807 Bombardment of Copenhagen by the fleet under Adm James Gambier (Prince of Wales) and shore batteries erected by Lt-Gen Lord Cathcart, Ships; Agamemnon, Alfred, Brunswick, Captain, Centaur, Defence, Dictator, Ganges, Goliath, Hercules, Inflexible, Leyden, Maida, Mars, Minotaur, Nassau, Orion, Pompee, Prince of Wales, Resolution, Ruby, Spencer, Superb, Valiant, Vanguard, Frigates: Africaine, Comus, Franchise, Nymphe, Sybille. Gun-brigs: Desperate, Fearless, Indignant, Kite, Pincher, Safeguard, Tigress, Urgent. Bombardment Flotilla: Aetna, Cruizer, Hebe (hired), Mutine, Thunder, Vesuvius, Zebra.
HMS Minotaur, laid down in September 1861. The first five-masted warship, at anchor, with Brunel’s SS Great Eastern in the background. (RNM).
1917 SS Olive Branch torpedoed by U-28 off Hammsfort. Gunfire from the U-boat exploded the ammunition carried in No.4 hold and Olive Branch blew up. U-28 was wrecked by the explosion and sank.
1918 VC: CPO George Prowse, DSM, RNVR, Drake Battalion RND, France: for gallantry in attack on the Hindenburg Line. Last award on blue ribbon.
1944 Keppel, Mermaid, Peacock, Whitehall and Swordfish A/285 (Vindex) sank U-394 off Lofoten Island.
1944 Glen Avon, a paddle steamer hired in First World War and again in Second World War, foundered in a storm in Seine Bay.
1945 Japanese delegates signed surrender on USS Missouri, in Tokyo Bay. Adm Sir Bruce Fraser, present on board Duke of York, countersigned for the United Kingdom.
1945 Merchant ship losses from 3 September 1939 to 2 September 1945: 4,786 vessels of 21,194,000 grt.
1946 Childers and Chivalrous apprehended Fede (Four Freedoms) off Tel Aviv. First illegal immigrant ship to resist arrest.
1946 First entry of Junior Marines at RM Depot, Deal.