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The Battle of Cape Finisterre
22 July 1805
An engagement during the Napoleonic Wars, the Battle of Cape Finisterre was fought on this day in maritime history, 22 July 1805. The battle took place off Galicia, Spain, where the British fleet under Admiral Robert Calder fought an indecisive naval battle against the combined Franco-Spanish fleet which was returning from the West Indies. Although both sides claimed victory, Admiral Calder failed to strike the shattering blow that would have freed Great Britain from the danger of an invasion, Calder was later court-martialled and severely reprimanded for his failure and for avoiding the renewal of the engagement on 23 and 24 July. In the end, the French naval commander also blundered, electing not to continue on to Brest, where his fleet could have joined with other French ships to clear the English Channel for an invasion of Great Britain.
[ NEWS ] 11th century Viking broadsword to make up to $205,000 at Christie’s
A Viking broadsword looted during the battle of Stamford Bridge in 1066 is to auction at Christie’s London this summer with an estimate of £80,000-120,000 ($136,873-205,309).
The lot is thought to have been taken by a member of the de Bohun family, who would later carry the ancestral sword during the first war of Scottish independence in the 14th century.
Dernagh O’Leary, a spokesperson for Christie’s, told the BBC: "Whilst it cannot be proved, it is not at all inconceivable that the blade of the present sword was captured or taken as a trophy by de Bohun at Hastings and was later remounted to become a family sword.
"The present sword, whilst not being a war sword, would have served as a clear badge of identity with its gold and enamelled coat of arms on the pommel and eminently more practical as a side arm around camp when not mounted and armed for battle.
"It is therefore entirely possible that this sword was present at Bannockburn in June 1314, if not actually on the field of battle."
The lot is incredibly rare, its age and history making it one of the most significant British artefacts to come to auction in recent years.
Union Jack flies high over a bomb damaged building, London, September 1940
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