The British trident; or, Register of naval actions, from ... the Spanish armada to the present time

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Página 60 - He formed the fleet in a double line, every alternate ship being about a cable's length to windward of her second ahead and astern. Nelson, certain of a triumphant issue to the day, asked Blackwood what he should consider as a victory.
Página 27 - The second in command will in all possible things direct the movements of his line by keeping them as compact as the nature of the circumstances will admit. Captains are to look to their particular line as their rallying point. But, in case signals can neither be seen or perfectly understood, no captain can do very wrong if he places his ship alongside that of an enemy.
Página 62 - I have not only to lament, in common with the British navy, and the British Nation, in the fall of the Commander-in-Chief, the loss of a hero, whose name will be immortal, and his memory ever dear to his country; but my heart is rent with the most poignant grief for the death of a friend, to whom, by many years...
Página 15 - I immediately stood towards the enemy with the squadron, making the needful signals for battle in the closest order; and, on closing with them, I made the signal for attacking their centre. When I had reached their rear I tacked the squadron in succession; this brought us close up under their lee, and when our headmost ships reached their centre the enemy were tacking in succession. This obliged me to make again the same manoeuvre, by which...
Página 60 - As the mode of our attack had been previously determined on, and communicated to the flag officers and captains, few signals were necessary, and none were made, except to direct close order as the lines bore down.
Página 61 - Disposer of all events to grant His Majesty's arms a complete and glorious victory. About three PM many of the enemy's ships having struck their colours, their line gave way; Admiral Gravina, with ten ships joining their frigates to leeward, stood towards Cadiz. The five headmost ships in their van tacked...
Página 60 - Gravina, wore, with their heads to the northward, and formed their line of battle with great closeness and correctness; but as the mode of attack was unusual, so the structure of their line was new; - it formed a crescent convexing to leeward - so that, in leading down to their centre, I had both their van and rear abaft the beam...
Página 62 - Duff of the Mars and Cooke of the Bellerophon : I have yet heard of none others. I fear the numbers that have fallen will be found very great when the returns come to me ; but it having blown a gale of wind ever since the Action, I have not yet had it in my power to collect any reports from the Ships.
Página 16 - I may judge from the great slaughter on board the captured ships, the enemy must have suffered greatly. They are now in sight to windward; and. when I have secured the captured ships...
Página 336 - At this moment a Spanish officer looked over the quarter-deck rail, and said they surrendered. From this most welcome intelligence, it was not long before I was on the quarter-deck...

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