But their strategy was to fight mainly with cannons. It was the Spanish who took more piratical approach, attempting to board the English ships with grappling hooks and fight hand to hand. ±Myth The English defeated the Spanish in battle. ±Fact The so-called ’battle’ of the Armada was in fact series of attacks in the English Channel. Several ships were damaged and one Spanish ship accidentally exploded, but no ship on either side was sunk or destroyed by enemy fire. On the night of 28thto 29thJuly, the English used small ships, which were set on fire and sent on the Spanish fleet to scatter it. Then storms swept the Spanish into the North Sea and there many Spanish ships ended up wrecked on the Irish rocks. As English fleet survived and saved their country, they won.°±°. HONEY, Alison. Investigating the Tudors. London: The National Trust, 1994. ISBN 0707801680.