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"The Sharpest engagement against the Isle of Wight"

The engagement of both fleets against the isle of Portland English fireships dislodge the Spanish fleet before Calais
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The morning of 25th July began with a fierce battle between the two fleets, positioned under 100 metres apart. Spanish attempts to rescue their damaged ships were hampered at first by low winds. When fighting resumed, the English Bear and Elizabeth Jonas similarly rushed to help the Triumph. She was becalmed, and was already being towed by smaller craft, in an attempt to regain momentum.

(John Pine's account of 1739)