By David A. Norris Brimming with gale force winds, uncharted reefs, and a force of 21 enemy ships of the line, the bay seemed to be a deathtrap for the flagship Royal George. Sailing master Thomas Conway saw nothing but disaster ahead when British Rear Admiral Sir Edward Hawke ordered, “Lay me alongside the French admiral.” Conway warned that the churning seas ahead of them were littered with shoals and rocks. “You have done your duty in pointing out the danger,” replied the admiral.

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