Captain Edward Chichester and H.M.S. Immortalité in Manila Bay During the Spanish American War (27 April to 11 September 1898)
The Royal Navy’s role in the Spanish American war of the late nineteenth century is not well known. Riccardo Busetto has used the actions of HMS Immortalité – which was deployed to Manila in an intelligence gathering and diplomatic role – as an illustration of how Britain expected its junior naval commanders to act on their own initiative in quite complex situations. Despite the ambiguity of the relationship between the United States and Britain and the active presence of significant numbers of Imperial German naval units, Captain Chichester fulfilled his mission and was duly rewarded by his nation.