The History of the British Navy: From the Earliest Period to the Present Time, Volume 2

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Page 316 - May the Great God, whom I worship, grant to my Country, and for the benefit of Europe in general, a great and glorious Victory; and may no misconduct in any one tarnish it; and may humanity after Victory be the predominant feature in the British Fleet. For myself, individually, I commit my life to Him, who made me, and may his blessing light upon my endeavours for serving my Country faithfully. To him I resign myself and the just cause which is entrusted to me to defend. Amen. Amen. Amen.
Page 30 - Success attend Admiral Nelson ! God bless Captain Miller ! We thank them for the officers they have placed over us. We are happy and comfortable, and will shed every drop of blood in our veins to support them ; and the name of the Theseus shall be immortalised as high as the Captain's.
Page 307 - I should, therefore, probably make the second in command's signal to lead through, about their twelfth ship from their 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 commander-in-chief, on whom every effort must be made to capture.
Page 307 - THINKING it almost impossible to bring a Fleet of forty sail of the line into a line of 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...
Page 307 - The second in 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 282 - The business of an English commander-in-chief being first to bring an enemy's fleet to battle on the Nelson's Plan of Attack. most advantageous terms to himself — I mean that of laying his ships close on board the enemy as expeditiously as possible — and, secondly, to continue them there without separating until the business is decided...
Page 307 - Command's signal to lead through, about their twelfth Ship from their 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...
Page 185 - I have only one eye — I have a right to be blind sometimes...
Page 282 - Battle, supply any deficiency in my not making signals; which may, if extended beyond these objects, either be misunderstood, or, if waited for, very probably, from various causes, be impossible for the Commander-in-Chief to make: therefore, it will only be requisite for me to state, in as few words as possible, the various modes...

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