Control of the Channel, lost by the defeat off Beachy Head in 1690, was restored in May 1692 by the victory of La Hogue, near Barfleur. De Tourville, the French admiral, had orders to engage while still awaiting reinforcements from the Mediterranean. This gave Edward Russell (Orford) an advantage of nearly two to one. The French were badly beaten. James II, on shore with a French invasion force, watched the destruction of his hopes.
Subjects: British History.