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Killala Bay, Mayo/Sligo, Ireland

The hilltops with glory were glowing
‘Twas the eve of a bright harvest day
When the ships we’d been wearily waiting
Sailed into Killala’s broad bay
And over the hill went the slogan
To waken in every breast
The fire that has never been quenched, boys
Among the true hearts of the West

lyrics from Men of the West

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Filed under Geography, Naval Fiction, Richard Delancey Novels

HMS Quebec vs Surveillante

surveillante contre hms quebec

On occasion combat at sea during the Age of Sail could be a display of sailhandling virtuosity, or a tour de force of surprise, which caused the enemy to strike with little bloodshed. More often than not, however, ship to ship combat resembled nothing so much as two drunks having at each other with pool cues in a parking lot.

The October 6, 1779 engagement between HMS Quebec and the French frigate, Surveillante, off Ushant was much more the latter than the former. Continue reading


Filed under Age of Sail, Famous Ships, Shipwrecks and Marine Archaeology, single ship actions