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1805, Although the work of scarcely two minutes, and
second in the Neptune. This fine french 80, the
moment the Victory’s bows opened clear of the Bucentaure's stern, poured into them a most deDa- structive fire. Among other damages occasioned .*... by it, the flying jib-boom and sprit and sprit topsailtory by yards were cut away; also, smooth off, the starboard ... cat-head, notwithstanding its immense stoutness. * The bower anchor, and a sheet anchor stowed near it, were also completely disabled; and a third anchor on that side was much injured. Several shot also entered the Victory's bows between wind and water, and the foremast and bowsprit were badly wounded. Yoy Fearing, as the Victory advanced, that she infor Re-tended to run on board of her, the Neptune set her jib, to. and, keeping away a little, ranged ahead ; , but, captain Hardy having decided to run on board the ship on his starboard hand, and into which a broadside had been poured the instant it would bear with effect, the Victory put her helm hard a-port. This quickly brought her head in the direction of the
Redoutable; who, with her foremost guns continued
to aid the Neptune in raking the Victory, and with 1805. heraftermostones fired occasionally at the Téméraire, O. as the latter drew out from the wake of her leader. Just, however, as the Victory was coming in contact with her, the Redoutable shut most of her lowerdeck ports, and fired from them no more. In about a loy minute after she had shifted her helm, the Victory. ran foul of the Redoutable; the sheet anchor of table. the one striking the spare anchor of the other. Very soon afterwards, or at about 1 h. 10 m. P. M., the two ships dropped alongside of each other. This account corresponds with that given by the French. “Nelson,” says M. Parisot, “ voyant qu'il (the Redoutable's captain) n'était pas disposé à plier, fit venir le Victory au vent tout d'un coup, * et le laissant tomber en travers, il aborda de lon en long le Redoutable.” Owing to the slight impetus in the Victory, caused by the want of wind, the concussion of the firing would probably have separated her from the Redoutable, had not the Victory's starboard fore lower-studding-sail boomiron, as the ships were in the act of rebounding off, hooked into the leech of the Redoubtable's fore topsail. This held the ships together; and, with the lowerdeck guns of the Victory touching the side of the Redoutable, and the latter's mainmast in a line about midway between the former's fore and main masts, the two ships fell off a few points from the wind. Almost immediately after the Victory had got Victory hooked alongside the Redoutable, Mr. William ...” Willmet, the boatswain of the former, found a ready table means of clearing the french ship's gangways by firing” the starboard 68-pounder carronade, loaded as the larboard one had been, right upon the Redoutable's decks. The guns of the middle and lower decks were also occasionally fired into the Redoutable, but very few of the 12-pounders, on account chiefly of the
* Victoires et Conquêtes, tome xvi. p. 171.
1805; heavy loss among those who had been stationed at
* This may be relied upon as correct, although completely at variance with the account published by the Victory's surgeon, (Beatty, p. 32,) and which, owing to its apparent authenticity, has been made the groundwork of every other published account, including that in the first edition of this work.
then on his knees with his left hand just touching the 895. deck. The arm giving way, lord Nelson fell on Too. his left side, exactly upon the spot where his secretary, Mr. Scott, had breathed his last, and with whose blood his lordship's clothes were soiled. On captain Hardy's expressing a hope that he was not severely wounded, lord Nelson replied: “They have done for me at last, Hardy.” “I hope not,” answered captain Hardy. “Yes,” replied his lordship, “my backbone is shot through.” The wound was by a musket-ball, which had entered the left shoulder through the fore part of the epaulet, and, descending, had lodged in the spine. That the wound had been given by some one stationed in the Redoutable's mizen top was rendered certain, not only from the nearness (about 15 yards) and situation of the mizen top in reference to the course of the ball, but from the circumstance that the french ship's main top was screened by a portion of the Victory's mainsail as it hung in the brails. That * the ball was intended for lord Nelson is doubtful, oi, because, when the aim must have been taken, he lo was walking on the outer side, concealed in a great" measure from view by a much taller and stouter man. Admitting, also, (which is very doubtful,) that the french seaman or marine, whose shot had proved so fatal, had selected for his object, as the british commander in chief, the best dressed officer of the two. he would most probably have fixed upon captain Hardy, or, indeed, such, in spite of doctor Beatty's print, was lord Nelson's habitual carelessness, upon any one of the Victory's lieutenants that might have been walking by the side of him. Sergeant Secker of the marines and two seamen, who had come up on seeing the admiral fall, now, by captain Hardy’s direction, bore their revered and much lamented Is rechief to the cockpit; where we will for the present." leave him. The position of the Victory and of the cockpit
* Beatty's Narrative, p. 33.
4. ol isol,
* Nept. off-A TN. ol go. Previously to our entering upon the account of * .." each ship's proceedings, we will endeavour to pre- . . battle sent a general view of the engagement, and of its lel immediate result. Soon after the first four ships of ... so the british lee division had cut through between the o centre and rear of the franco-spanish line, the re- ot mainder successively as they came up, pierced the *\l mass (for it could no longer be called line) of ol enemy's ships, in various directions, and found op- * ponents as they could. Meanwhile the leading ships tilt of the weather division had begun to engage in a * similar manner, a little ahead of the centre. The * action, which had commenced, as we have elsewhere oli shown, at meridian, arrived at its height about 1 h. 'll 30 m. P. M. At 3 P. M. the firing began to slacken, *R and, at about 5 P.M., wholly ceased. Of the 14 l van-ships of the combined line, reckoning to the Redoutable inclusive, three only were captured in o their places. The remaining 11 wore out of the line. * Of these 11, three were captured, and eight i. escaped ; four, by hauling to-windward, and four o by running for Cadiz. Of the 19 rear-ships, 12, in
cluding one burnt, were taken, and seven escaped