Pirates of Devil's Cove (UN-C-739)
40 guns bombarded the seafront and the assembled officials. Resulting in the death of over 70 and injuring many more, including members of the royal party.

The King gave orders that a special task force was to be set up specifically charged with running down pirates and this specific crew in particular.

Admiral Richard Parker, an officer with a distinguished service career was put in charge of three ships to carry out the task. Parker took captaincy of HMS The Illustrious while HMS The Capability and HMS Forward provided support and added firepower.

Traditionally England had profited greatly from the buccaneers and privateers who had committed piracy on behalf on the British crown, during the reign of Elizabeth I. They had also virtually saved England from the Spanish Armada in 1588. For this reason the English Navy generally did not seriously interfere on pirate affairs.