A matter of simple math
The tales all tell about captains brave enough to challenge larger and more heavily armed opponents. Witty captains who succesfully defeat those opponents by smart tactics and superior maneuvering ...
However, those are the tales. When you face reality,
reality in the shape of an English frigate facing a French 64 gun battle ship that is, all kinds of heroics are reduced and everything becomes a simple equation taking into account the relevant numbers.
A bold move of the English captain but a stupid one, one full broadside of the French 64 was enough to blast him back to reality.
A cooperation with Captain Greenhair.