The Admiral Benbow
Admiral John Benbow was an English naval hero, a fighting sailor of ruthless methods but indomitable courage. Benbow was a man to be reckoned with.In 1702, however, when Benbow engaged a French squadron off the Spanish main, other ships in his squadron failed to support him. His leg shattered by a cannon-ball, Benbow fought on – but to no avail: the French escaped and the stricken Benbow succumbed to his wounds. When the story of his ‘Last Fight' reached England, there was an outcry. Two of the captains who had abandoned him were court-martialled and shot, and ‘Brave Benbow' was elevated from national hero to national legend, his valour immortalized in broadsheet, folksong and the naming of ships.
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