Captain Buckle and the Capture of the Glorioso

By E.G. Thomas, published February 1982


H.M.S. Russell, a 3rd rate of 80 guns, but severely undermanned, encountered by chance the Glorioso, 70 guns, 760 crew, making her way to Cadiz after offloading her treasure. Captured after a fierce engagement both ships put in to Lisbon for repairs. Here it was found impossible to find a crew to sail the captured prize to Britain. After lengthy negotiations both ships eventually returned together but Captain Buckle’s hopes of securing prize money from the Navy Board were dashed. He had achieved glory in battle but not the financial rewards usually attending such a capture.

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Filed under: Atlantic | Other (Eighteenth C)
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics

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