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Battle of Toulon, 1744
30 British ships under Thomas Mathews attacked a fleet of 27 Spanish and French ships under Don Jose Navarro and M. de Court. Mathews had been following the French fleet in case either side declared war on the other as part of the War of the Austrian Succession.
Mathews' second in command, Mr Lestock, later petitioned the King of England to hold a court-martial against many of the British officers, including Mathews. Mathews and several other officers were dismissed from the British Navy.
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