During the engagement Revenge, was isolated, boarded, rammed and boarded again. With her fighting Captain mortally wounded and with five enemy ships engaged against them, he ordered the Revenge scuttled as immortalised (romanticised?) in Lord Tennyson's poem 'A Ballad of the Fleet':
Sink me the ship, Master Gunner - sink her, split her in twain!
Fall into the hands of God, not into the hands of
but to his disgust, his crew disobeyed and struck their colours. Sir Richard died of his wounds shortly after the battle, but the Revenge and her remaining crew did not survive him long - they were lost along with a dozen or more Spanish ships in a typhoon:
And the little Revenge herself went down by the island crags
To be lost evermore in the main.
Read Lord Tennyson's poem here:
Find out more about the battle here; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Flores_(1591) ; ; http://www.militaryhistoryonline.com/renaissance/revenge/default.aspx
and more about Sir Richard here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Grenville
Thanks to Der Feldmarschall for reminding me of this event with his recent post