Lost armada

Walking on the battered and rotted remains of old ships and boats—"wood sieved by the shipworm"—Stephen turns his thoughts from the disaster of his own past to a national disaster: the ruination of Spain's great "Armada," which helped England to become an imperial power, the ruler of the waves.

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Route taken by the Spanish Armada in 1588, in a map drawn for the History department of the United States Military Academy at West Point. Source: Wikimedia Commons.