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Incident of Pacocha
Combate de Pacocha.jpg
Battle of Pacocha
Date May 29, 1877
Location SE Pacific Ocean
Result Indecisive
Belligerents
United Kingdom Britain Peruvian rebels
Commanders
de Horsey Astete
Strength
1 ironclad ship: HMS Shah,

1 wooden ship: HMS Amethyst

1 ironclad ship: Huáscar

The naval Incident of Pacocha took place on 6 May 1877 when Nicolas de Pierola was leading a revolution to overthrow then Peruvian President Mariano Ignacio Prado. Piérola used the Peruvian monitor Huáscar as a raiding ship. She practiced sabotage primarily against the government forces of Peru. However, after she boarded some British merchant ships, British Authorities sent Rear Admiral de Horsey to capture the vessel. The Peruvian warship managed to outrun the British squadron after a fierce exchange of fire. She managed to escape under the cover of darkness, but was forced to surrender to the Peruvian government just 2 days later.

This battle saw the first use in anger of the newly-invented self-propelled torpedo which, at the time, had just entered limited service with the Royal Navy.

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