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Battle of Cape St Vincent
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Battle of Cape St. Vincent, 14th February 1797
On February 14th, Admiral Sir John
Jervis, with 15 naval ships of the line was sailing 25 miles off Cape St
Vincent off the coast of Portugal when he encountered 27 Spanish ships
under the command of Don Jose de Cordoba sailing from Cadiz. Without
waiting for orders Commander Horatio Nelson turned round to lead the
attack against the larger Spanish fleet. After the battle the Spanish had
lost 4 ships and 3,000 prisoners were taken without the loss of any
British warship and only 300 casualties. This naval victory made Sir John
Jervis, Earl of St Vincent and Nelson a Knight of the Bath.
This must be the ultimate collection of canvas and art prints of the
battle of Cape St Vincent available anywhere.