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Although the work of scarcely two minutes, and Oct. although not a mast or yard of the Bucentaure was
seen to come down, the effects of the british threetructive decker's broadside upon the personnel of the french of Vic- ship, as acknowledged a day or two afterwards by tory's vice-admiral Villeneuve, and long subsequently by
his flag-captain, M. Magendie, was of the same de-
Prevented by position, even had she not been
structive fire. Among other damages occasioned marc by it, the Aying jib-boom and sprit and sprit topsailtory by yards were cut away; also, smooth off, the starboard Nep- cat-head, notwithstanding its immense stoutness.
The bower anchor, and a sheet anchor stowed near
captain Hardy having decided to run on board the
CONCU arated IT'S
to aid the Neptune in raking the Victory, and with 1805. heraftermostones fired occasionally at the Téméraire, Oct. 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 Victory minute after she had shifted her helm, the Victory Redouran 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 long 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 engage. 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.
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taure and Sta.Trinidad.
1805, heavy loss among those who had been stationed at
The Redoutable, on her part, fired her maindeck gups into the Victory, and used musketry, as well through her ports into those of the Victory, as from her three tops down upon the latter's deck. In her fore and main tops, also, the Redoutable had some brass cohorns, which, loaded with langridge, were frequently fired with destructive effect upon
the Victory's forecastle. The larboard guns of the fires at Victory were fired occasionally at the Bucentaure; Bucen- but it was with little or no effect, the latter ship con
tinuing to move to the northward, while the Victory
Never allowing mere personal comfort to interfere
just detailed, taking their customary promenade. Lorá At about 1 h. 25 m. P. M., just as the two had arrived
within one pace of the regular turning spot at the
* 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 1805, deck. The arm giving way, lord Nelson fell on Oct. 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 Doubtthe ball was intended for lord Nelson is doubtful, he was because, when the aim must have been taken, he aimed 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 to the leave him. The position of the Victory and of the cockpit
* Beatty's Narrative, p. 33.
1805. ships near to her at the time lord Nelson received
his wound, drawn up with as much accuracy as
Previously to our entering upon the account of of the each ship's proceedings, we will endeavour to prebattle. sent a general view of the engagement, and of its
immediate result. Soon after the first four ships of
At 3 P. M, the firing began to slacken,