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into Cadiz; making, as the result of the first day's 1805. proceedings, nine french, (including one burnt,) and Oct. nine spanish, sail of the line captured, total 18, and nine french, and six spanish, sail of the line escaped, total 15: of which latter number four french ships got away to the southward, and ll, five of them french and six spanish, and most of the ships much shattered, with all the frigates and brigs, reached the bay of Cadiz.
So far as to the collective operations of the two fleets in the Trafalgar battle. Our attention is now details. due to the individual exertions of the ships on each side; and we shall proceed to give the most accurate account that our researches, far and near, have enabled us to obtain, taking the british ships of each division, in the order in which, according to the best judgment to be formed from the variety of times noted down in their logs, they successively got into action.
The Royal-Sovereign we left just as, after 15 minutes of close action with three or four ships, the Belleisle had come to her relief. The latter, passing on to the eastward, left the Royal-Sovereign upon
Royalthe Santa-Ana's starboard bow. In a short time the reign. spanish three-decker lost her mizen topmast; and, at the end of about an hour and a quarter from the commencement of the combat, her three masts fell over the side. At about 2 h. 15 m. P. M., after a hot, and, with the exception of the Belleisle’s broadside, sender an uninterrupted, engagement between the two ships of from 10 minutes past noon, the Santa-Ana struck to the Royal-Sovereign.
This occurrence took place just as the mizenmast of the Royal-Sovereign came down, and when her fore and main masts, from their shattered condition, were ready to follow it. No sooner, indeed, did the Royal-Sovereign, in order to put herself a little to rights, move a short distance ahead of her prize, mage to than her mainmast fell over on the starboard side, Royal tearing off two of the lowerdeck ports. The fore- reign,
1805. mast, having been shot through in several places,
and stripped of nearly the whole of its rigging, was
The french accounts say: " Le vaisseau la Santa-
Santa-Ana. Here is the proper place to notice the Modes- modesty with which vice-admiral Collingwood, in tyofm. his official despatch, refers to the part taken by his Colling own ship. “ The commander in chief in the Victory,”
says, “ led the weather column, and the RoyalSovereign, which bore my flag, the lee. The action began at 12 o'clock by the leading ships of the columns breaking through the enemy's line, the commander in chief about the tenth ship from the van, the second in command about the twelfth from the rear, Scc.” The Royal-Sovereign is not again mentioned, except in reference to matters that occurred
subsequently to the battle. Royal
The loss sustained by the Royal-Sovereign was
Gilliland,) her master, (William Chalmers,) one
* Victoires et Conquêtes, tome xvi. p. 179.
Respecting the Santa-Ana's loss in killed and 1805. wounded, nothing. is known beyond the amount al- bouton ready specified as the alleged effect of her oppo- Santanent's raking fire. That the
spanish ship's loss must Ana's have been uncommonly severe may be inferred, as well from the length and closeness of the action, as from the fact, that her starboard side was nearly beaten in by the Royal-Sovereign's shot. Among the Santa-Ana’s dangerously, if not mortally wounded, was vice-admiral Alava ; and it was understood that her killed and wounded comprised a great proportion of officers.
After having, for the space of 20 minutes, sus- Belle. tained the tremendous fire opened by the rear of isle. the combined line, and after having suffered, in consequence, a loss of between 50 and 60 men in killed and wounded, the Belleisle, at about a quarter past noon, exchanged a few shot with the Monarca, and passed through the line abreast of the Fougueux, then distantly raking the Royal-Sovereign. In hauling up on the larboard tack, the Belleisle was enabled, owing to the advanced position of the latter, to pour a full broadside into the lee quarter of the Santa-Ana. Bearing away a little, the Belleisle then passed close astern of the Indomptable; who, quickly wearing, exchanged a few broadsides with her, and then bore up to the south-east. In the mean time the Belleisle was engaged with a spanish ship, the San-Juan Nepomuceno, at some distance on her starboard beam.' At about 45 minutes past noon the Belleisle's main topmast was shot away ; and, as the isle's enemy's rear ships were now pressing forward to support the centre, her situation became extremely tion. critical.
At 1 P. M. the Fougueux ranged up in the smoke on the Belleisle's starboard beam, and struck her at the gangway with her larboard bow, rolling at the same time with her fore yard over the british ship's quarterdeck. The Fougueux immediately began engaging the Belleisle, and in 10 minutes
1805, shot away her mizenmast about six feet above the
In about 10 minutes more, on the Mars beginning
Thus in a manner surrounded, the Belleisle soon
had her rigging and sails cut to pieces, and at 2 h. ly dis- 10 m. P. M. lost her mainmast about four feet above
the deck; the wreck of which fell upon the break of
At 3 h. 15 m. p. M. the Polyphemus interposed lieved herself between the Belleisle and Neptune. In friends. five minutes more the Defiance took off the fire
of the Aigle ; and at 3 h. 25 m. P. M. the Swistsure,
the Achille, who about this time lost her main and 1905. mizen topmasts. As the Swiftsure passed close Oct. under the Belleisle's stern the two ships cheered each other; and to signify that, notwithstanding her dismasted and shattered state, the Belleisle still remained unconquered, a union-jack was suspended at the end of a pike and held up to view, while an ensign was being made fast to the stump of her mizenmast. Thus, by the timely arrival of her friends, saved from being crushed by the overwhelming force around her, the Belleisle ceased firing. Observing soon afterwards on his larboard beam a spanish two-decker that had already surrendered, captain Hargood sent the master, Mr. William Hudson, and lieutenant Owen of the marines, (who volunteered although wounded,) in the only remaining boat, the pinnace, and took possession of the 80-gun ship Argonauta. The position of Capthe Belleisle, at the time she was so fortunately Argorelieved, we have endeavoured to illustrate by the nauta. following diagram.
„Neptune The Belleisle's hull was knocked almost to pieces: Daboth sides of it were about equally damaged. Ports, &c. to port-timbers, channels, chain-plates, all exhibited Belle unequivocal marks of the terrible mauling she had received. Her three masts and bowsprit, as we