December 15, This day during the American Revolution

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December 15, 1778 – Battle of St. Lucia was a naval battle fought off the island of St. Lucia in the West Indies during the American War of Independence on 15 December 1778, between the British Royal Navy and the French Navy. Admiral Barrington was alerted to the presence of the French fleet by the frigate Ariadne. He organised his line of battle such that Isis and his three frigates (Venus, Aurora, and Ariadne) were close to shore guarding the windward approach, and he placed his flagship, Prince of Wales, toward the leeward. Barrington placed his transports inside the bay but behind his battle line. Barrington’s defensive strategy took him the entire night of 14 December, and by 1100 hours 15 December, most of the transports had been safely tucked behind his line. At 1100 hours 15 December Admiral d’Estaing approached St. Lucia with ten ships of the line, and…

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