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"English Fireships Dislodge the Spanish Fleet Before Calais"

The sharpest engagement against the Isle of Wight The discovery of the spanish fleet opposite the lizard
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Instead of continuing the attack, the English followed the Armada. They gathered reinforcements including Lord Henry Seymour’s squadron which had been positioned to block the Duke of Parma. On 27th July the tide forced the Spanish to anchor at Calais, and Parma failed to come to their aid. At midnight Howard sent fire-ships, alight and laden with munitions, into the middle of the enemy fleet. To save their ships from destruction, the Spanish cut anchor and scattered, leading the next day to a long and fierce battle during which the principal galleass, the Hugo de Moncada, was captured.

(John Pine's account of 1739)