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Birthday of Sir Richard Grenville

Posted in Anniversary, Famous battles on Thursday, 27 May 2010

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picture, Sir Richard Grenville battles the Spanish fleet

Sir Richard Grenville battles the Spanish fleet. Illustration by Sep E. Scott

On the anniversary of his birth, we celebrate the remarkable courage of Sir Richard Grenville. Sir Richard was a vice-admiral in the British Navy assigned to waylay Spanish treasure ships. On 6 June 1591 he faced a force of 53 Spanish vessels but, rather than escape, he chose to face them. His ship, HMS Revenge, was surrounded by the superior Spanish forces, but Grenville was able to severely damage 15 of them before his crew surrendered (against Grenville’s wishes – he wanted to blow up his ship). Wounded, Grenville died several days later.

picture Sir Richard Grenville's ship The Revenge

Sir Richard Grenville’s ship The Revenge in battle. Illustration by James E. McConnell

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