"aboard H.M.S. Centurion"
HMS Centurion (left) capturing the Covadonga
Commissioned in 1734, the Centurion
was a 60-gun ship of the line. She was the flagship of a squadron sent to capture Manila from the Spanish in 1740. Despite the difficult voyage described in the text, she successfully harassed Spanish interests in the Pacific and captured a number of Spanish ships, including the galleon Nuestra Senora de la Covadonga. The Centurion was the only ship of the squadron to make it back to England.