Need help for a quick translation

Reply Thu 30 Oct, 2014 04:14 am
Could someone help me translate the following sentence?

"Qui Vicit totiens instructis classihus hosies \ Ille
Vagis HAVKINS Viiam relliquit in vndis"

It corresponds to an inscription below a portrait of John Hawkins.
Thank you for your help!
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Reply Thu 30 Oct, 2014 06:18 am
Here's what I make of it.

I think the first line should be
Qui vicit totiens instructis classibus hostes
He who so often defeated enemies with the fleets he built

I think the second line should be
Ille vagus Havkins vitam reliquit in undis
This wander Hawkins left his life in the waves
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Reply Thu 30 Oct, 2014 08:41 am
For information purposes:

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Reply Thu 30 Oct, 2014 08:44 am
Nice find, Tim.

Looks like it is vagis, not vagus.
Hard to parse that.
Lemme think on it.
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Reply Thu 30 Oct, 2014 08:57 am
Thank you very much. I don't understand Latin at all so I greatly appreciate your help!
Reply Fri 31 Oct, 2014 06:15 am
You're welcome Diane. I have to give up on the exact translation of vagis
in this context, but I believe the rest of the translation is accurate.
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