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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP24 Aug 2018 8:55 p.m. PST

….Finest Hour

"6 May 1801, "el Diablo" Commander Thomas Cochrane's commerce raiding cruise in the Western Mediterranean reached its climax off Barcelona when his brig sloop HMS "Speedy" met with the Spanish xebec frigate "El Gamo", dispatched to put a stop to Cochrane's game.

".. we ran again for Barcelona when the trap manifested itself in the form of a large ship… made out to be a Spanish Xebec Frigate… As some of my officers had expressed dissatisfaction at not having been permitted to attack the frigate earlier fallen in with I told them they now should have a fair fight… not withstanding our numbers had been reduced to fifty four, officers and boys included… Orders were then given to pipe all hands and prepare for action." (Sir Thomas Cochrane, Earl of Dundonald)…"
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