A fleet destroyed
During the Spanish-American War, the Spanish Caribbean Fleet left its protected harbor at Santiago, Cuba, at 9:35 a.m. on July 3, 1898. Lt. Thomas Kearny aboard the U.S. Armed Yacht Vixen wrote this account of the Spanish attempt to reach open sea and safety. The blockading American Fleet opened fire and began the largest naval engagement of the war. Seventy-five minutes later, the Spanish fleet ceased to exist; hundreds of Spanish sailors were dead; and all eight ships were destroyed or captured.
National Archives, Naval Records Collection of the Office of Naval Records