On This Day – 6 November – First Dispatch

On Monday the 21st Instant, at Daylight, when Cape Trafalgar bore East by South, about Seven Leagues, the Enemy was discovered Six or Seven Miles to the Eastward, the Wind about West, and very light, the Commander in Chief immediately made the Signal for the Fleet to bear up in Two Columns, as they are formed in order of sailing; a Mode of Attack his Lordship had previously directed, to avoid the Inconvenience and Delay in forming a Line of Battle in the usual Manner. The Enemy’s Line consisted of Thirty-three Ships (of which Eighteen were French and Fifteen Spanish), commanded, in Chief, by Admiral Villeneuve;

RNA Norwich

RNA Norwich

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