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by Adolfo Ceño
Mon Sep 28, 2009 6:44 pm
Forum: Naval History in General
Topic: Greatest admiral of all time
Replies: 217
Views: 122581

Re: Greatest admiral of all time

Hello again, RF It would be interesting to have seen him perform as a true naval commander up against someone like Nelson...... It should be very difficult to guess !! Anyway, I´m still voting for Nelson, … but we can´t forget that the Royal Navy played, obviously, a capital role in all his actions....
by Adolfo Ceño
Sun Sep 27, 2009 9:20 am
Forum: Naval Technology
Topic: The Destructor ... the first destroyer?
Replies: 3
Views: 1807

Re: The Destructor ... the first destroyer?

In 1920, William Hovgaard wrote in his “Modern History of Warships” about destroyers: “The torpedo-gunboat failed in its main object, to protect battleships and other large vessels against the attack of torpedo-boats, …” That’s right! … but : “England, in particular, felt the need of vessels that co...
by Adolfo Ceño
Sat Sep 26, 2009 1:10 pm
Forum: Naval History in General
Topic: Greatest admiral of all time
Replies: 217
Views: 122581

Re: Greatest admiral of all time

Hello, RF
About Blas de Lezo ...
to begin, just have a look at Wikipedia:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blas_de_Lezo
and his most famous achievement:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_ ... _de_Indias
certainly a man who gained his place in naval warfare history.
by Adolfo Ceño
Fri Sep 25, 2009 8:22 pm
Forum: Naval History in General
Topic: Greatest admiral of all time
Replies: 217
Views: 122581

Re: Greatest admiral of all time

Spanish admiral Blas de Lezo should be included in this Hall of Fame Gallery.
Anyway, my vote is for Nelson... (he was bold enough to disobey admiral Jervis, aka "the Hanger" !!)
by Adolfo Ceño
Fri Sep 25, 2009 8:10 pm
Forum: Naval History in General
Topic: Worst admiral of all time
Replies: 49
Views: 33188

Re: Worst admiral of all time

Talking about ”black pages” in the history of naval warfare … we can not forget admiral Vernon, even worse that the Duke of Medina Sidonia, in his battle of Cartagena de Indias in 1741.
by Adolfo Ceño
Fri Sep 25, 2009 7:05 pm
Forum: Naval Technology
Topic: The Destructor ... the first destroyer?
Replies: 3
Views: 1807

The Destructor ... the first destroyer?

Surprisingly, I didn't find any clear reference to Villaamil´s TBD “ Destructor ” (named as contratorpedero in Spain) of 1887 in British bibliography as a Spanish innovation. Was she the first destroyer in the history of naval warship technology? In the excellent David Lyon´s “ The first destroyers”...
by Adolfo Ceño
Fri Sep 25, 2009 11:19 am
Forum: Naval History in General
Topic: Unluckiest Warship
Replies: 105
Views: 44122

Re: Unluckiest Warship

Difficult question!
How about the "Wasa"?
She had a certanly short career...
by Adolfo Ceño
Fri Sep 25, 2009 11:05 am
Forum: Naval History in General
Topic: Worst admiral of all time
Replies: 49
Views: 33188

Re: Worst admiral of all time

As a Spaniard my nomination as the worst admiral of all time is, without doubt, José de Córdova who wrote one of the most execrable pages of the Spanish naval history, as commander of the fleet which was defeated in the Battle of Cape St. Vincent in 1797 by a minor British fleet under admiral Jervis...