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233 year anniversary of the Battle of Saintes

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Four French ships of the line were captured (including the flagship) as well as one destroyed. The defeat of the French prevented the French and the Spanish from their planned Invasion of Jamaica.  The battle lasted 4 days.

 

The british used a tactic of "Breaking the line" as pictured in the center diagram, 

 

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More info and list of ships,http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_the_Saintes

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Admiral de Grasse's memoirs of the naval combat of April the 12th "with the plans of the positions of the ships", in French : here.

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One can read in de Grasse's memoirs (p. 27) a nice turn of phrase of the 18th cent. French : "Signaling manoeuvres to friendly ships with various flags' is "Talking to others' eyes" ("Parler aux yeux des autres") 🙂

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