Battle of the Lipara Islands
The Battle of the Lipara Islands was fought in 260 B.C. as part of the First Punic War between Rome and Carthage. It was a naval engagement in which the Roman squadron under C. Cornelius Scipio was defeated. The Romans, being a land power and never building a real navy before, were no match for the Carthaginians who had roamed the Mediterranean for centuries.
Encyclopedia of Military History, Dupuy & Dupuy, 1979