An accidental encounter fought on 20 October between a Turco‐Egyptian fleet of 70 vessels, and a British, French, and Russian fleet of 28 ships, heavier than their adversaries. Navarino Bay is a commodious anchorage in the Morea (Greece). The Turkish government had prevaricated in acceding to an armistice with its insurgent Greek subjects negotiated by the tripartite powers. The allied fleet under Sir Edward Codrington put into Navarino to escort the Egyptian ships to Alexandria and the Turkish to Constantinople. However, a distrustful Turkish commander opened fire, and in the ensuing engagement the Turkish fleet was virtually destroyed.
Subjects: British History.