11. A Carthaginian admiral, who commanded the fleet of observation which the Carthaginians kept up during the second Punic war, to watch the movements of the Romans in Sicily. (Plb. 8.3.8
He is probably the same who in the summer of 210 ravaged the coasts of Sardinia with a fleet of 40 ships (Liv. 27.6
); and whom we find holding the chief naval command at Carthage when the seat of war was transferred to Africa. (Appian, App. Pun. 24
After the defeat of Hasdrubal and Syphax by Scipio in 203, Hamilcar made a sudden attack upon the Roman fleet as it lay at anchor before Utica.
He had hoped to have taken it by surprise, and destroyed the whole; but the vigilance of Scipio anticipated his design, and after an obstinate combat he was only able to carry off six ships to Carthage.
In a subsequent attack he effected still less. (Appian, App. Pun. 24
; Liv. 30.10