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Today on January 16, 1780, the British Royal Navy demonstrates its superiority over the high seas once again at the Moonlight Battle.
The Battle of Cape St. Vincent, often referred to as The Moonlight Battle, was a naval engagement that took place off the coast of southern Portugal. The battle pitted the British Royal Navy against an inferior Spanish fleet. At this time in history, the American Revolution was in full swing and like France, Spain opted to support the rebellious Thirteen Colonies. Spain seized the opportunity to besiege the small, but heavily defended British territory of Gibraltar in the Mediterranean Sea. As a result, the British sent 18 ships of the line to escort a fleet of supply vessels looking to relieve Gibraltar.
The British fleet was under the command of Admiral Sir George Rodney. The smaller Spanish squadron had 11 warships and was led by Don Juan de Langara. The two fleets collided off the coast of Cape St. Vincent. The Spanish began forming a battle line in the morning, but Langara soon realized he was heavily outmatched. He ordered his ships to retreat to the port of Cadiz. Contrary to naval conventions at the time, Rodney ordered a general chase and allowed his ships to pursue individual enemy ships. Warships would normally form two lines and bombard the enemy line with canon as they passed by.
The British were far superior sailors and hounded the Spaniards until 2 am, managing to destroy one of their ships. By morning, they managed to capture several others including De Langara and his flagship vessel. Rodney continued on to Gibraltar and drove off another small Spanish fleet blockading the port. He successfully resupplied the British garrison and was praised across the empire for his victory under the moonlight.