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action Additional Instructions admiral admiral's Admiralty appointed astern attack battle of Malaga Boscawen breaking the line British Captain centre chase close Collingwood command copy directed disabled distance Duke of York Dutch Edward Spragge endeavour enemy enemy's fleet enemy's line enemy's rear enemy's ships engage English ensign fire a gun fireships flag officer flagship flagstaff follow force fore topmast-head formation French frigates headmost ship hoist Howe's intended issued keep larboard leading ship leeward line abreast line ahead line of battle line of bearing Lord Nelson main topmast-head majesty's fleet majesty's ships manoeuvre memorandum mizen peak Monck naval number of ships observed order of battle order of sailing Penn pennant put abroad Ralegh's rear-admiral red flag Rodney's Rupert says Sea Book Signal Book Spragge squadron or division starboard station sternmost tactics tion topmast Trafalgar union flag vice-admiral weather whole fleet wind windward
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Page 314 - The business of an English commander-in-chief being first to bring an enemy's fleet to battle on the most advantageous terms to himself (I mean, that of laying his ships close on board those of the enemy as expeditiously as possible), and secondly, to continue them there without separating until the business is decided...
Page 317 - The second hi command will, after my intentions are made known to him, have the entire direction of his line, to make the attack upon the enemy, and to follow up the blow until they are captured or destroyed.
Page 318 - British must place themselves between the enemy and the captured and disabled British ships ; and should the enemy close, I have no fears as to the result. 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...
Page 317 - The whole impression of the British fleet must be to overpower from two or three ships ahead of their commander-in-chief, supposed to be in the centre, to the rear of their fleet.
Page 315 - I should pass to leeward or windward of him. In that situation, I would make the signal to engage the Enemy to leeward, and to cut through their Fleet about the sixth Ship from the Van, passing very close; they being on a wind, and you going large, could cut their Line when you please.
Page 319 - ... if any are thrown round the Rear of the Enemy, they will effectually complete the business of twelve Sail of the Enemy.
Page 317 - Rear (or wherever he could fetch if not able to get so far advanced) ; my Line would lead through about their centre, and the Advanced Squadron to cut two or three or four Ships ahead of their Centre, so as to ensure getting at their Commanderin-Chief, on whom every effort must be made to capture.
Page 316 - Battle in variable winds, thick weather, and other circumstances which must occur, without such a loss of time that the opportunity would probably be lost of bringing the Enemy to Battle in such a manner as to make the business decisive, I have therefore made up my mind to keep the Fleet in that position of sailing (with the exception of the First and Second in Command) that the Order of Sailing is to be the Order of Battle...