Sir George Rooke (circa 1650-1709), Admiral
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Rooke was the most distinguished naval commander of his day. His career began at the battle of Sole Bay, (1672), and his most considerable victories include the destruction of the French fleet at La Hogue, (1692), the capture of the Spanish treasure fleet at Vigo Bay, (1702), and above all the capture of Gibraltar in (1704). His book, Sailing and Fighting Instructions for her Majesty's Fleet, (1703), provided the basis for English fleet tactics throughout the eighteenth century. Rooke's success inspired jealousy from the Duke of Marlborough. He was knighted in (1692), rose to Vice Admiral of England and sat as MP for Portsmouth. A cenotaph in his honour stands in Canterbury Cathedral.