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Effects of the Great Hurricanes of 1780 in West Indies . -

Rodney's Diminished Force. Arrival of Sir Samuel Hood with rein-

forcements . - - -- - - - - - - -

Rodney receives Orders to seize Dutch Possessions in Caribbean .

Capture of St. Eustatius, St. Martin, and Saba - - - -

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The Battle of April 12 begins . - - - - - - . 214

A Shift of Wind enables the British to Break the French Order in

three places - - - 217

Consequences of this Movement - - - - - - . 218

Resultant Advantages to the British . - - - - - . 219

Practices of the opposing Navies in regard to the Aims of Firing . 219

Consequences Illustrated in the Injuries received respectively . . 220

Inadequate Use made by Rodney of the Advantage gained by his

Fleet . - - - - - - - - - - . 220

Hood's Criticisms - - - - • . - - . 220

Hood's Opinion shared by Sir Charles Douglas, Rodney's Chief-of-

Staff . - - - - - - - - - - . 222

Rodney's own Reasons for his Course after the Battle . - . 222

His Assumptions not accordant with the Facts - - - . 223

Actual Prolonged Dispersion of the French Fleet . - - . 224

Hood, Detached in Pursuit, Captures a small French Squadron . 224

Rodney Superseded in Command before the news of the victory

reached England - - - - - - - - . 225

The general War Approaches its End - - - - - . 226

CHAPTER XIII

HOWE AGAIN GOES AFLOAT. THE FINAL RELIEF

OF GIBRALTAR

1782

Howe appointed to Command Channel Fleet . - - - . 227

Cruises first in North Sea and in Channel - - - - . 228

The Allied Fleets in much superior force take Position in the Chops

of the Channel, but are successfully evaded by Howe - . 229

The British Jamaica Convoy also escapes them - - - . 229

Howe ordered to Relieve Gibraltar . - - - - - . 229

Loss of the Royal George, with Kempenfelt . . . . . 229

Howe Sails . . . . . . . . . . . 229

Slow but Successful Progress . . . . . . . . 230

Great Allied Fleet in Bay of Gibraltar . . . . . . 230

Howe's Success in Introducing the Supplies . . . . . 231

Negligent Mismanagement of the Allies . . . . . . 231

Partial Engagement when Howe leaves Gibraltar . - - . 232

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