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a-head abreast Admiral Byng Admiral Rodney anchor April battle a-head bearing bore bring British fleet British squadron cannonade Captain centre and rear Chesapeak close engagement command contrary tacks Cornwal Count de Grasse crippled curve of pursuit disabled distance effect endeavour enemy F enemy's fleet enemy's line enemy's ships exposed extended in line fifth ship fire fleet to leeward force formed the line four ships French fleet frigates gained the wind Grenada guns headmost ships larboard leading ships line of battle Majesty's fleet manoeuvre Martinico masts miles Minorca minutes past mode of attack Naval Tactics Note by Lord o'clock occasion Plate point of sailing rear division rencounter rigging Rodney sail seamen ships astern ships G shot signal single ship Sir George Sir Samuel Hood soon Spanish Armada starboard tack superior three ships tion top-masts ward whole line windward yards Yarmouth Zodiaque
Page 3 - Here die I, Richard Grenville, with a joyful and quiet mind, for that I have ended my life as a true soldier ought to do, that hath fought for his country, queen, religion, and honour...
Page 72 - ... of, I wore the fleet and brought them upon the same tack with the enemy, and nearly parallel to them ; though we were by no means extended with their rear. So soon as I judged that our van would be able to operate, I made the signal to bear away and approach, and soon after, to engage the enemy close : somewhat after four the action began amongst the headmost ships pretty close, and soon became general as far as the second ship from the centre towards the rear. The van of the enemy bore away...
Page 252 - It has pleased God, out of his divine providence, to grant to his Majesty's arms a most complete victory...
Page 90 - His Majesty's fleet by this manoeuvre had gained the wind, and would have forced the enemy to battle had it not at once changed six points when near the enemy, and enabled them to recover that advantage.
Page 252 - Lordships, that though the masts, sails, rigging, and hulls of the British fleet are damaged, yet the loss of men has been but...
Page 85 - Sandwich and the gallant behaviour of her officers and men enabled her to sustain so unequal a combat; tho' before attacked by them she had beat three ships out of their line of battle, had entirely broke it, and was to leeward of the wake of the French Admiral.
Page 257 - I flattered myself he would give me an opportunity of engaging him the next day. With that view I threw out the signal for the form of sailing, and stood with the whole fleet to the southward till two o'clock in the morning ; then tacked, and had the happiness, at day-light, to find my most sanguine desire was near being accomplished, by my having it in my power to force the enemy to battle.
Page xxxiv - At forty-five minutes after six, I gave notice, by public signal, that my intention was to attack the enemy's rear with my whole force; which signal was answered by every ship in the fleet.