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Sir George Rooke

Rooke, Sir George (rŏk) [key], 1650–1709, English admiral. In the War of the Grand Alliance he defeated a French fleet under the comte de Tourville in the battle of La Hogue (1692) and by good judgment saved part of his convoy from Tourville's attack off Cape St. Vincent (1693). In the War of the Spanish Succession his expedition to Cádiz in 1702 was unsuccessful, but he destroyed the Spanish silver fleet off Vigo, captured Gibraltar (1704), and won over superior French forces at Málaga (1704).

See his journal for 1700–1702 (ed. by O. Browning, 1897).

The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright © 2012, Columbia University Press. All rights reserved.

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