This Day in History: 1703-11-26

The Great Storm.  HMS Reserve, recently returned from convoying merchant ships to Archangel in arctic Russia, founders at her anchors off Yarmouth. All 175 on board are lost, including the Grenadier Company of Saunderson’s Marines (later 30th Foot and then 1st East Lancashires) . The storm, unprecedented in its ferocity, is one of the most violent ever recorded. Massive damage is caused across the south of England and the Midlands. Hundreds of ships are lost, including at least 13 Royal Navy warships. At least 8,000 people are killed, including upwards of 1,500 Royal Navy seamen and marines.