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battle of Ushant


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1778.

After France's entry into the American war, Augustus Keppel was dispatched with a fleet of 30 ships to watch Brest. On 23 July he sighted a French fleet of similar size off the Breton coast under d'Orvilliers. Though manœuvring went on for four days and a good deal of damage was inflicted, the result was indecisive, no ships being captured or sunk. Keppel's court‐martial, which acquitted him, became a Whig demonstration.

Subjects: British History.


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