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British Fleet at Trafalgar (Names of Ships)

Postby Waterloo50 » August 3rd, 2015, 10:30 pm

A quick guide to the British Fleet.


Attacking the Head of the Franco-Spanish Fleet

Africa 2-decker 64 Guns


Weather Column

Victory 3-decker 104 Guns

Téméraire 3-decker 98
Neptune 3-decker 98
Leviathan 2-decker 74
Conqueror 2-decker 74
Britannia 3-decker 100
Agamemnon 2-decker 64
Ajax 2-decker 74
Orion 2-decker 74
Minotaur 2-decker 74
Spartiate ] 2-decker 74

Lee Column

Royal Sovereign 3-decker 100
Belleisle 2-decker 74
Mars 2-decker 74
Tonnant 2-decker 80
Bellerophon 2-decker 7
Colossus 2-decker 74
Achille 2-decker 7
Revenge 2-decker 74
Polyphemus ] 2-decker 64
Swiftsure 2-decker 74
Dreadnought 3-decker 98
Defiance 2-decker 74
Thunderer 2-decker 74
Defence 2-decker 74
Prince 3-decker 98

Attached

Euryalus ] Frigate 36
Naiad frigate 38
Phoebe frigate 36
Sirius frigate 36
Pickle Schooner 8
Entreprenante cutter 10
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Re: British Fleet at Trafalgar (Names of Ships)

Postby Student of 1812 » August 8th, 2015, 9:42 am

For those with an interest in such matters, I would recommend 'In the hour of victory' by Sam Willis which I have just finished reading and found fascinating.
The blurb below is from Amazon which doesn't really do the book justice. It offers new insights into senior admirals and shows how some were adept at manipulating public opinion.

When Napoleon eventually died in exile, the Lords of the Admiralty ordered that the original dispatches from seven major fleet battles - The Glorious First of June (1794), St Vincent (1797), Camperdown (1797), The Nile (1798), Copenhagen (1801), Trafalgar (1805) and San Domingo (1806) - should be gathered together and presented to the Nation. These letters, written by Britain's admirals, captains, surgeons and boatswains and sent back home in the midst of conflict, were bound in an immense volume, to be admired as a jewel of British history.

Sam Willis, one of Britain's finest naval historians, stumbled upon this collection by chance in the British Library in 2010 and soon found out that only a handful of people knew of its existence. The rediscovery of these first-hand reports, and the vivid commentary they provide, has enabled Willis to reassesses the key engagements in extraordinary and revelatory detail, and to paint an enthralling series of portraits of the Royal Navy's commanders at the time.


http://www.amazon.co.uk/Hour-Victory-Ro ... of+victory
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Re: British Fleet at Trafalgar (Names of Ships)

Postby Waterloo50 » August 9th, 2015, 12:38 pm

Hi Student of 1812,

Many thanks for the link, I had no idea that the dispatches existed and had been released as a book, fantastic news. I am going to order the book, I can't wait to get stuck into it. Once again many thanks.

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Re: British Fleet at Trafalgar (Names of Ships)

Postby Waterloo50 » August 26th, 2015, 8:37 pm

'IN THE HOUR OF VICTORY', arrived today and I have to say it appears to be worth the money. Can't wait to get stuck in to it. When I have finished reading it I will give it a review if anyone is interested.


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