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1st Battle of San Vicente, 14 January 1780 or "Moonlight battle" for the British. General Lángara (Spanish navy had generals instead of admiral ranks at this time) was surprised by a British fleet under admiral Rodney.

Rodney formed his fleet of 20 ships of the line and 6 frigates into line of battle abreast and bore down on the Spanish ships. De Lángara initially ordered his ships to form line of battle ahead but, realizing that the British fleet outnumbered his own, ordered his ships to crowd on all sail to escape for their home port of Cádiz, 100 miles (160 km) to the south. At two o’clock, Rodney ordered a general chase, allowing his ships to chase at their best speed and engage as they came up to the Spanish ships. Thanks to their copper sheathed hulls (which reduced marine growths), the ships of the Royal Navy were faster and soon gained on the Spanish.

Lángara,onboard the Real Fénix (Royal Phoenix, 80 guns), sustained a brave fight against several English ships, falling dead and wounded more than a third of the crew, Lángara himself received three serious wounds.. moment depicted in the painting , by an anonymous author in the Naval Museum, Madrid. Notice that the ship still flies the Bourbon royal white ensign, as the modern red and gold flag was not adopted until 1785.
The English call this battle "Moonlight Battle" it was fought from 16:00 to 02:00 the following day.

It's also note worthy that two of the prizes—San Julián and San Eugenio—were lost because of the ignorance of the coast line of the British officers who commanded them since they had to ask the Spanish captains to help them sail the captured ships through a gale. The captain of San Julián, who had remained on board, refused to help unless the ship was again under his command, to which the British officers agreed. Both Spanish ships were retaken by their crew. The Wikipedia article as usual British biased says these were driven ashore, implying both were total loss, but the San Eugenio in fact served until 1810.


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An Incident in the Rebellion



Supposed to be Fontenoy 1745 (though looks a bit too romanticised to me!)



Battle of Falkirk 1746



HM George II at Dettingen 1743



RA in action at Minden 1759



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Swiss pikemen against Burgundians. Box art by Igor Dzis.

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