The great Spanish Armada had docked at the coast of Calais, awaiting orders. They were to invade England and overthrow the Queen, and the Spanish had sent forth 130 of their finest warships. In the face of these overwhelming odds, a direct assault would do the English no good. In the dead of the night, Sir Francis Drake launched eight small ships packed with combustibles, sailing them into armada before setting them ablaze. In the chaos that ensued, the Spanish fleet cut their anchor and fled Calais, scattering their forces and eliminating any chance of returning.