Great Sea Battles by Oliver Warner

By Oliver Warner

Debts of a few of the main Decisive Sea Battles in historical past

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It was a long and stormy route, was safer than attempting to return by the way they had come. He was shadowed as far as the Orkneys, but when the scouting vessels saw the Armada turn into the teeth of a westerly gale, they knew what its but at least it must be. There were wrecks in the Outer Hebrides and on the rocky coast of Donegal, Connaught and Galway, while one unlucky galleon was later driven so far east that she went ashore off Bolt Head in Devonshire. fate Some left: Engravings made Drake {1^40-^6), a 1392.

Spinola was killed in the following year, after which galleys disappeared for ever from Spain's first-line equipment except in the Mediterranean. A generation later, when war was renewed, Piet Hein ravaged Spanish possessions and captured treasure in the West Indies and elsewhere. Nearer home, although Count William of Nassau failed disastrously in an attack on Antwerp, Marten Tromp surprised a Spanish squadron near Gravelines, destroyed it completely, and then blockaded Dunkirk, whence the enemy had come.

The gales of a wild summer drove the English back to Plymouth, while the Spaniards put into Corunna. 30 May, ^-7 ~- •.. y >*- 1- rw*. Twice more did Howard venture into the Bay of Biscay, but he never met a hostile ship. On the second sortie, the strong south wind which drove him homewards enabled the Armada to leave harbour for its final stage to the 3^~ya^r ^ Channel. ^ off the Lizard, the English were in port at Plymouth. 3'--^-^ ^-4t>5-':^ fcK^>^ K^^-^ progress. the news said, beat the Spanish after', has no contemporary basis.

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