Life Of Robert Fairfax Of Steeton Volume 1666-1725; Vice-admiral, Alderman, And Member For York A.d…

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1885 Excerpt: ...the ships went to Tangiers to water, and on July 17 a momentous decision was arrived at by a council of war. The council was held on board the 'Royal Catherine,' and it was resolved, in pursuance of the wishes of Charles III., that the enemy should be attacked in Andalusia, in order to divert and divide their forces, and that a sudden assault should be made on Gibraltar. 1 About twenty-five miles north-east of Alicante. ATTACK ON GIBRALTAR. 175 This famous fortress was held to be impregnable. Separated from the main land of Spain by a low isthmus, the majestic face of the rock rises perpendicularly to a height of 1,200 feet. Thence the promontory runs south for 2 miles, ending at Europa Point. The declivitous limestone mountain, with its knife-like ridge, is 1,401 feet high at the loftiest part, and thence slopes down to the Windmill and Europa plateaux. The town, covering about 100 acres, looks over Gibraltar Bay to the westward, with the old Moorish castle above it. By the isthmus, at the north end of the town, was the old mole; and to the south, towards Europa Point, was the new mole, protected by a fort and two bastions. The place was held by a small Spanish garrison, but there were upwards of a hundred guns mounted on the bastions. The plan of attack was matured by Sir George Rooke, in consultation with the Prince of HesseDarmstadt. The troops were to be landed on the isthmus, in command of the Prince. A squadron of selected ships was to cannonade the town, and there was to be a naval attack on the new mole and the bastions to the south of the town, under cover of the fire from the ships. Sir George Rooke determined that the attacking squadron should consist of fourteen ships under the command of Rear-Admiral George Byng. This distinguished officer, so...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1885 Excerpt: ...the ships went to Tangiers to water, and on July 17 a momentous decision was arrived at by a council of war. The council was hel...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:112 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.23 inPublished:May 19, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217504647

ISBN - 13:9780217504645

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