Blake, Robert (15981657)

Blake, Robert, the great English admiral and “Sea King,” born at Bridgewater; successful as a soldier under the Commonwealth, before he tried seamanship; took first to sea in pursuit of Prince Rupert and the royalist fleet, which he destroyed; beat the Dutch under Van Tromp de Ruyter and De Witt; sailed under the great guns of Tunis into the harbour, where he fired a fleet of Turkish pirates; and finally, his greatest feat, annihilated a Spanish fleet in Santa Cruz Bay under the shadow of the Peak of Teneriffe, “one of the fiercest actions ever fought on land or water” (15981657).

Definition taken from The Nuttall Encyclopædia, edited by the Reverend James Wood (1907)

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