“God blew and they were scattered” . That was the inscription on the commemorative medals issued after the Spanish Armada was defeated. After the English chased the Spaniards off as far as the Firth of Forth in Scotland in October 1588, the Armada ran straight into a hurricane — one of the northernmost on record. This scattered the fleet and drove some two dozen vessels onto the coast of Ireland. More than 50 ships were lost, 5,000 men died, and the Armada was defeated. Pictured: La Girona foundering and sinking off Lacada Point, County Antrim, on the night of October 26.