Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Slice 6 Volume 12

Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Slice 6 Volume 12

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Excerpt: ... capturing twenty of the transports, and driving the others into a panic-stricken flight. They returned to port, and the mission entrusted to Guichen was entirely defeated. He therefore returned to port also. He had no opportunity to gain any counterbalancing success during the short remainder of the war, but he was present at the final relief of Gibraltar by Lord Howe. His death occurred on the 13th of January 1790. The comte de Guichen was, by the testimony of his contemporaries, a most accomplished and high-minded gentleman. It is probable that he had more scientific knowledge than any of his English contemporaries and opponents. But as a commander in war he was notable chiefly for his skill in directing the orderly movements of a fleet, and seems to have been satisfied with formal operations, which were possibly elegant but could lead to no substantial result. He had none of the combative instincts of his countryman Suffren, or of the average British admiral. 687 See vicomte de Noailles, Marins et soldats francais en Amerique (1903); and E. Chevalier, Histoire de la marine francaise pendant la guerre de lshow more

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