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Capture of the El Gamo, the historical event upon which the capture of the Cacafuego is based

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Capture of the El Gamo, the historical event upon which the capture of the Cacafuego is based

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Destruction of the French Fleet in Basque Roads by Thomas Sutherland after a painting by Thomas Whitcombe, This Day in History: Apr Battle of the Basque Roads between France and the United Kingdom starts

HMS San Josef - captained by my great great great grandfather in 1813-1814

HMS San Josef - captained by my great great great grandfather in 1813-1814

Thomas Withcombe (1812): The capture of Saint Paul near the Isle de Bourbon, 21 September 1809 Right of centre is the Reasonable with the Otter to starboard of her. A frigate is astern of her on the opposite tack while a second is in the right of the picture, followed by the schooner.

Thomas Withcombe (1812): The capture of Saint Paul near the Isle de Bourbon, 21 September 1809 Right of centre is the Reasonable with the Otter to starboard of her. A frigate is astern of her on the opposite tack while a second is in the right of the picture, followed by the schooner.

Up to the mid-1700s sailors aboard British Navy vessels were issued with half a pint of rum PER DAY! No wonder there were so many accidents aboard ship. It wasn't til 1740 that some bright spark thought it might be a good idea to at least dilute the rum with a quart of water, making a mixture known as grog. Later lime juice and sugar was also added to prevent scurvy, effectively creating an early moquito. Cheers!

Up to the mid-1700s sailors aboard British Navy vessels were issued with half a pint of rum PER DAY! No wonder there were so many accidents aboard ship. It wasn't til 1740 that some bright spark thought it might be a good idea to at least dilute the rum with a quart of water, making a mixture known as grog. Later lime juice and sugar was also added to prevent scurvy, effectively creating an early moquito. Cheers!

A line drawing depicting a badly damaged ship lying stern on to an even more badly damaged ship. The second ship is firing on the first through a thick bank of smoke.

A line drawing depicting a badly damaged ship lying stern on to an even more badly damaged ship. The second ship is firing on the first through a thick bank of smoke.

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