Beau fait d'armes du capitaine Troude by Morel-Fatio, oil on canvas, via Wikipedia

Beau fait d’armes du capitaine Troude by Morel-Fatio, oil on canvas, via Wikipedia

 

On the moonless night of 12 July 1801, the large Spanish warships Real Carlos and San Hermengildo fired on one another, each mistaking her consort for a British opponent. Fires that broke out aboard both ships subsequently reached their powder magazines and exploded, destroying the ships and killing the majority of their combined complement of over 2,000 sailors.

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