The Info List - Battle Of Trafalgar

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33 ships (27 ships of the line and six others)

41 ships

(France: 18 ships of the line and eight others Spain: 15 ships of the line)


458 dead 1,208 wounded TOTAL: 1,666

France: 10 ships captured, one ship destroyed, 2,218 dead, 1,155 wounded, 4,000 captured

Spain: 11 ships captured, 1,025 dead, 1,383 wounded, 4,000 captured

Aftermath: Apx. 3,000 prisoners drowned in a storm after the battle TOTAL: 13,781

* v * t * e

Anglo-Spanish War 1796–1808


* 25 January 1797 * Cape St. Vincent * 26 April 1797 * Cádiz * Santa Cruz * 16 October 1799 * 7 April 1800 * Ferrol * Cape Santa Maria * 25 November 1804 * 7 December 1804 * Cape Finisterre * Trafalgar * 4 April 1808


* 13 October 1796 * 19 December 1796 * Minorca * Cartagena (1798) * 19 January 1799 * 6 February 1799 * 7 July 1799 * 10 December 1800 * 6 May 1801 * Algeciras (1st • 2nd )


* Newfoundland * Trinidad * San Juan * St. George\'s Caye * Puerto Cabello * Diamond Rock

* Río de la Plata

* 1st Buenos Aires * Cardal * Montevideo * 2nd Buenos Aires

* 23 August 1806

East Indies

* Manila * Zamboanga * Macau

* v * t * e

War of the Third Coalition

* Proposed Invasion of the United Kingdom * Boulogne * Cape Finisterre * Ulm Campaign * Verona * Trafalgar * Caldiero * Cape Ortegal * Amstetten * Mariazell * Dürenstein * Dornbirn * Schöngrabern * Castelfranco Veneto * Wischau * Austerlitz * Blaauwberg * San Domingo * Naples * Gaeta * Campo Tenese * Maida * Mileto

* v * t * e

Trafalgar campaign

* Diamond Rock * Cape Finisterre * 10 August 1805 * Trafalgar * Cape Ortegal

Vice Admiral Horatio Lord Nelson , by Lemuel Francis Abbott Pierre-Charles Villeneuve , the French Admiral Federico Gravina , the Spanish Admiral

The BATTLE OF TRAFALGAR (21 October 1805) was a naval engagement fought by the Royal Navy against the combined fleets of the French and Spanish Navies , during the War of the Third Coalition (August–December 1805) of the Napoleonic Wars (1796–1815) .

Twenty-seven British ships of the line led by Admiral Lord Nelson aboard HMS _Victory_ defeated thirty-three French and Spanish ships of the line under the French Admiral Villeneuve in the Atlantic Ocean off the southwest coast of Spain , just west of Cape Trafalgar , near the town of Los Caños de Meca . The Franco-Spanish fleet lost twenty-two ships, without a single British vessel being lost. It was the most decisive naval battle of the war, conclusively ending French plans to invade England.

The British victory spectacularly confirmed the naval supremacy that Britain had established during the eighteenth century and was achieved in part through Nelson's departure from the prevailing naval tactical orthodoxy . Conventional practice, at the time, was to engage an enemy fleet in a single line of battle parallel to the enemy, to facilitate signalling in battle and disengagement, and to maximise fields of fire and target areas. Nelson instead divided his smaller force into two columns directed perpendicularly against the enemy fleet, with decisive results.

During the battle, Nelson was shot by a French musketeer; he died shortly thereafter, becoming one of Britain's greatest war heroes. Villeneuve was captured along with his ship _Bucentaure_ . Admiral Federico Gravina , the senior Spanish flag officer, escaped with the remnant of the fleet and succumbed months later to wounds sustained during the battle. Villeneuve attended Nelson's funeral while a captive on parole in Britain.


* 1 Background

* 1.1 Pursuit of Villeneuve * 1.2 Cádiz * 1.3 Supply situation

* 2 The fleets

* 2.1 British * 2.2 Franco-Spanish

* 3 The battle

* 3.1 Nelson\'s plan * 3.2 Departure

* 3.3 Battle

* 3.3.1 Cosmao and MacDonnell sortie * 3.3.2 The British cast off the prizes * 3.3.3 Aftermath

* 4 Results of the battle * 5 Consequences * 6 100th anniversary * 7 200th anniversary * 8 In popular culture * 9 See also * 10 Notes * 11 References * 12 Further reading * 13 External links


Main article: Trafalgar Campaign

In 1805, the First French Empire , under Napoleon Bonaparte , was the dominant military land power on the European continent, while the Royal Navy controlled the seas. During the course of the war, the British imposed a naval blockade on France, which affected trade and kept the French from fully mobilising their naval resources. Despite several successful evasions of the blockade by the French navy, it failed to inflict a major defeat upon the British, who were able to attack French interests at home and abroad with relative ease.

When the Third Coalition declared war on France, after the short-lived Peace of Amiens , Napoleon was determined to invade Britain. To do so, he needed to ensure that the Royal Navy would be unable to disrupt the invasion flotilla , which would require control of the English Channel .

The main French fleets were at Brest in Brittany and at Toulon on the Mediterranean coast. Other ports on the French Atlantic coast harboured smaller squadrons . France and Spain were allied, so the Spanish fleet based in Cádiz and Ferrol was also available.

The British possessed an experienced and well-trained corps of naval officers. By contrast, some of the best officers in the French navy had either been executed or had left the service during the early part of the French Revolution . Vice-Admiral Pierre-Charles Villeneuve had taken command of the French Mediterranean fleet following the death of Latouche Treville. There had been more competent officers, but they had either been employed elsewhere or had fallen from Napoleon's favour. Villeneuve had shown a distinct lack of enthusiasm for facing Nelson and the Royal Navy after the French defeat at the Battle of the Nile in 1798.

Napoleon's naval plan in 1805 was for the French and Spanish fleets in the Mediterranean and Cádiz to break through the blockade and join forces in the Caribbean . They would then return, assist the fleet in Brest to emerge from the blockade, and together clear the English Channel of Royal Navy ships, ensuring a safe passage for the invasion barges.


Early in 1805, Vice Admiral Lord Nelson commanded the British fleet blockading Toulon . Unlike William Cornwallis , who maintained a close blockade off Brest with the Channel Fleet , Nelson adopted a loose blockade in the hope of luring the French out for a major battle. However, Villeneuve's fleet successfully evaded Nelson's when the British were blown off station by storms. Nelson commenced a search of the Mediterranean, erroneously supposing that the French intended to make for Egypt . However, Villeneuve took his fleet through the Strait of Gibraltar , rendezvoused with the Spanish fleet, and sailed as planned for the Caribbean. Once Nelson realised that the French had crossed the Atlantic Ocean, he set off in pursuit.


Villeneuve returned from the Caribbean to Europe , intending to break the blockade at Brest, but after two of his Spanish ships were captured during the Battle of Cape Finisterre by a squadron under Vice-Admiral Sir Robert Calder , Villeneuve abandoned this plan and sailed back to Ferrol in northern Spain. There he received orders from Napoleon to return to Brest according to the main plan.

Napoleon's invasion plans for Britain depended on having a sufficiently large number of ships of the line before Boulogne in France. This would require Villeneuve's force of 33 ships to join Vice-Admiral Ganteaume 's force of 21 ships at Brest, along with a squadron of five ships under Captain Allemand, which would have given him a combined force of 59 ships of the line.

When Villeneuve set sail from Ferrol on 10 August, he was under orders from Napoleon to sail northward toward Brest. Instead, he worried that the British were observing his manoeuvres, so on 11 August, he sailed southward towards Cádiz on the southwestern coast of Spain. With no sign of Villeneuve's fleet, on 25 August, the three French army corps' invasion force near Boulogne broke camp and marched into Germany, where it was later engaged. This ended the immediate threat of invasion.

The same month, Nelson returned home to Britain after two years of duty at sea. He remained ashore for 25 days and was warmly received by his countrymen. Word reached Britain on 2 September about the combined French and Spanish fleet in Cádiz harbour. Nelson had to wait until 15 September before his ship, HMS _Victory_ , was ready to sail.

On 15 August, Cornwallis decided to detach 20 ships of the line from the fleet guarding the English Channel and to have them sail southward to engage the enemy forces in Spain. This left the Channel drastically reduced of large vessels, with only 11 ships of the line present. This detached force formed the nucleus of the British fleet that would fight at Trafalgar. This fleet, under the command of Vice-Admiral Calder, reached Cádiz on 15 September. Nelson joined the fleet on 28 September to take command.

The British fleet used frigates (faster, but too fragile for the line of battle), to keep a constant watch on the harbour, while the main force remained out of sight, approximately 50 miles (80 km) west of the shore. Nelson's hope was to lure the combined Franco-Spanish force out and engage it in a decisive battle. The force watching the harbour was led by Captain Blackwood , commanding HMS _Euryalus_ . His squadron of seven ships comprised five frigates, a schooner , and a brig .


Battle of Trafalgar By William Lionel Wyllie , Juno Tower, CFB Halifax , Nova Scotia, Canada

At this point, Nelson's fleet badly needed provisioning. On 2 October, five ships of the line, HMS _Queen_ , _Canopus_ , _Spencer_ , _Zealous_ , _Tigre_ , and the frigate HMS _Endymion_ were dispatched to Gibraltar under Rear-Admiral Sir Thomas Louis for supplies. These ships were later diverted for convoy duty in the Mediterranean , although Nelson had expected them to return. Other British ships continued to arrive, and by 15 October the fleet was up to full strength for the battle. Nelson also lost Calder's flagship , the 98-gun _Prince of Wales_ , which he sent home as Calder had been recalled by the Admiralty to face a court martial for his apparent lack of aggression during the engagement off Cape Finisterre on 22 July.

Meanwhile, Villeneuve's fleet in Cádiz was also suffering from a serious supply shortage that could not be easily rectified by the cash-poor French. The blockade maintained by the British fleet had made it difficult for the Franco-Spanish allies to obtain stores, and their ships were ill-equipped. Villeneuve's ships were also more than two thousand men short of the force needed to sail. These were not the only problems faced by the Franco-Spanish fleet. The main French ships of the line had been kept in harbour for years by the British blockade with only brief sorties. The French crews included few experienced sailors, and, as most of the crew had to be taught the elements of seamanship on the few occasions when they got to sea, gunnery was neglected. The hasty voyage across the Atlantic and back used up vital supplies. Villeneuve's supply situation began to improve in October, but news of Nelson's arrival made Villeneuve reluctant to leave port. Indeed, his captains had held a vote on the matter and decided to stay in harbour.

On 16 September, Napoleon gave orders for the French and Spanish ships at Cádiz to put to sea at the first favourable opportunity, join with seven Spanish ships of the line then at Cartagena , go to Naples and land the soldiers they carried to reinforce his troops there, then fight decisively if they met a numerically inferior British fleet.


See also: Order of battle at the Battle of Trafalgar


First rates 3 4

Second rates 4 0

Third rates 20 29

Total ships of the line 27 33

Other ships 6 7


On 21 October, Admiral Nelson had 27 ships of the line under his command. Nelson's flagship, HMS _Victory_ , captained by Thomas Masterman Hardy , was one of three 100-gun first rates in his fleet. He also had four 98-gun second rates and twenty third rates . One of the third rates was an 80-gun vessel, and sixteen were 74-gun vessels. The remaining three were 64-gun ships, which were being phased out of the Royal Navy at the time of the battle. Nelson also had four frigates of 38 or 36 guns, a 12-gun schooner and a 10-gun cutter .


Against Nelson, Vice-Admiral Villeneuve—sailing on his flagship Bucentaure—fielded 33 ships of the line, including some of the largest in the world at the time. The Spanish contributed four first-rates to the fleet. Three of these ships, one at 130 guns (_Santisima Trinidad_ ) and two at 112 guns (_Príncipe de Asturias_, _Santa Ana_), were much larger than anything under Nelson's command. The fourth first-rate carried 100 guns. The fleet had six 80-gun third-rates, (four French and two Spanish), and one Spanish 64-gun third-rate. The remaining 22 third-rates were 74-gun vessels, of which fourteen were French and eight Spanish. In total, the Spanish contributed 15 ships of the line and the French 18. The fleet also included five 40-gun frigates and two 18-gun brigs , all French.



The prevailing tactical orthodoxy at the time involved manoeuvring to approach the enemy fleet in a single line of battle and then engaging broadside in parallel lines. Before this time the fleets had usually been involved in a mixed mêlée. One reason for the development of the line of battle system was to facilitate control of the fleet: if all the ships were in line, signalling in battle became possible. The line also allowed either side to disengage by breaking away in formation; if the attacker chose to continue, their line would be broken as well. This often led to inconclusive battles, or allowed the losing side to minimise its losses; but Nelson wanted a conclusive action.

Nelson's solution to the problem was to cut the opposing line in three. Approaching in two columns, sailing perpendicular to the enemy's line, one towards the centre of the opposing line and one towards the trailing end, his ships would break the enemy formation into three, surround one third, and force them to fight to the end. Nelson hoped specifically to cut the line just in front of the French flagship, _Bucentaure_; the isolated ships in front of the break would not be able to see the flagship's signals, hopefully taking them out of combat while they reformed. The intention of going straight at the enemy echoed the tactics used by Admiral Duncan at the Battle of Camperdown and Admiral Jervis at the Battle of Cape St Vincent , both in 1797. _ The Battle of Trafalgar_ by Clarkson Stanfield

The plan had three principal advantages. First, the British fleet would close with the Franco-Spanish as quickly as possible, reducing the chance that they would be able to escape without fighting. Second, it would quickly bring on a mêlée and frantic battle by breaking the Franco-Spanish line and inducing a series of individual ship-to-ship actions, in which the British were likely to prevail. Nelson knew that the superior seamanship, faster gunnery and better morale of his crews were great advantages. Third, it would bring a decisive concentration on the rear of the Franco-Spanish fleet. The ships in the van of the enemy fleet would have to turn back to support the rear, which would take a long time. Additionally, once the Franco-Spanish line had been broken, their ships would be relatively defenceless against powerful broadsides from the British fleet, and it would take them a long time to reposition to return fire.

The main drawback of attacking head-on was that as the leading British ships approached, the Franco-Spanish fleet would be able to direct raking broadside fire at their bows, to which they would be unable to reply. To lessen the time the fleet was exposed to this danger, Nelson had his ships make all available sail (including stuns\'ls ), yet another departure from the norm. He was also well aware that French and Spanish gunners were ill-trained and would have difficulty firing accurately from a moving gun platform. The Combined Fleet was sailing across a heavy swell , causing the ships to roll heavily and exacerbating the problem. Nelson's plan was indeed a gamble, but a carefully calculated one.

During the period of blockade off the coast of Spain in October, Nelson instructed his captains, over two dinners aboard _Victory_, on his plan for the approaching battle. The order of sailing, in which the fleet was arranged when the enemy was first sighted, was to be the order of the ensuing action so that no time would be wasted in forming a precise line. The attack was to be made in two lines. One, led by his second-in-command Vice-Admiral Cuthbert Collingwood , was to sail into the rear of the enemy line, while the other, led by Nelson, was to sail into the centre and vanguard. The intention was to split the enemy line and engage in close quarter action, a form of combat in which, Nelson believed, the British fleet would have the advantage. In preparation for the battle, Nelson ordered the ships of his fleet to be painted in a distinctive yellow and black pattern (later known as the _ Nelson Chequer _) that would make them easy to distinguish from their opponents.

Nelson was careful to point out that something had to be left to chance. Nothing is sure in a sea battle, so he left his captains free from all hampering rules by telling them that "No captain can do very wrong if he places his ship alongside that of the enemy." In short, circumstances would dictate the execution, subject to the guiding rule that the enemy's rear was to be cut off and superior force concentrated on that part of the enemy's line.

Admiral Villeneuve himself expressed his belief that Nelson would use some sort of unorthodox attack, stating specifically that he believed—accurately—that Nelson would drive right at his line. But his long game of _cat and mouse _ with Nelson had worn him down, and he was suffering from a loss of nerve. Arguing that the inexperience of his officers meant he would not be able to maintain formation in more than one group, he chose not to act on his assessment.


The Combined Fleet of French and Spanish warships anchored in Cádiz and under the leadership of Admiral Villeneuve was in disarray. On 16 September 1805 Villeneuve received orders from Napoleon to sail the Combined Fleet from Cádiz to Naples. At first, Villeneuve was optimistic about returning to the Mediterranean, but soon had second thoughts. A war council was held aboard his flagship, _Bucentaure _, on 8 October. While some of the French captains wished to obey Napoleon's orders, the Spanish captains and other French officers, including Villeneuve, thought it best to remain in Cádiz. Villeneuve changed his mind yet again on 18 October 1805, ordering the Combined Fleet to sail immediately even though there were only very light winds.

The sudden change was prompted by a letter Villeneuve had received on 18 October, informing him that Vice-Admiral François Rosily had arrived in Madrid with orders to take command of the Combined Fleet. Stung by the prospect of being disgraced before the fleet, Villeneuve resolved to go to sea before his successor could reach Cádiz. At the same time, he received intelligence that a detachment of six British ships (Admiral Louis' squadron), had docked at Gibraltar, thus weakening the British fleet. This was used as the pretext for sudden change.

The weather, however, suddenly turned calm following a week of gales. This slowed the progress of the fleet leaving the harbour, giving the British plenty of warning. Villeneuve had drawn up plans to form a force of four squadrons, each containing both French and Spanish ships. Following their earlier vote on 8 October to stay put, some captains were reluctant to leave Cádiz, and as a result they failed to follow Villeneuve's orders closely and the fleet straggled out of the harbour in no particular formation.

It took most of 20 October for Villeneuve to get his fleet organised; it eventually set sail in three columns for the Straits of Gibraltar to the southeast. That same evening, _Achille _ spotted a force of 18 British ships of the line in pursuit. The fleet began to prepare for battle and during the night, they were ordered into a single line. The following day, Nelson's fleet of 27 ships of the line and four frigates was spotted in pursuit from the northwest with the wind behind it. Villeneuve again ordered his fleet into three columns, but soon changed his mind and ordered a single line. The result was a sprawling, uneven formation.

At 5:40 a.m. on the 21st of October, the British were about 21 miles (34 km) to the northwest of Cape Trafalgar, with the Franco-Spanish fleet between the British and the Cape. At circa 6 a.m., Nelson gave the order to prepare for battle. At 8 am the British frigate Euryalus, which had been keeping watch on the Combined Fleet overnight, observed the British fleet still "forming the lines" in which it would attack.

At 8 a.m., Villeneuve ordered the fleet to _wear together_ (turn about) and return to Cádiz. This reversed the order of the allied line, placing the rear division under Rear-Admiral Pierre Dumanoir le Pelley in the vanguard. The wind became contrary at this point, often shifting direction. The very light wind rendered manoeuvring virtually impossible for all but the most expert seamen. The inexperienced crews had difficulty with the changing conditions, and it took nearly an hour and a half for Villeneuve's order to be completed. The French and Spanish fleet now formed an uneven, angular crescent, with the slower ships generally to leeward and closer to the shore.

By 11 a.m. Nelson's entire fleet was visible to Villeneuve, drawn up in two parallel columns. The two fleets would be within range of each other within an hour. Villeneuve was concerned at this point about forming up a line, as his ships were unevenly spaced and in an irregular formation. The Franco-Spanish fleet was drawn out nearly five miles (8 km) long as Nelson's fleet approached.

As the British drew closer, they could see that the enemy was not sailing in a tight order, but rather in irregular groups. Nelson could not immediately make out the French flagship as the French and Spanish were not flying command pennants.

Nelson was outnumbered and outgunned, the enemy totalling nearly 30,000 men and 2,568 guns to his 17,000 men and 2,148 guns. The Franco-Spanish fleet also had six more ships of the line, and so could more readily combine their fire. There was no way for some of Nelson's ships to avoid being "doubled on" or even "trebled on".

As the two fleets drew closer, anxiety began to build among officers and sailors; one British sailor described the time before thus: "During this momentous preparation, the human mind had ample time for meditation, for it was evident that the fate of England rested on this battle".


_ Nelson's signal. Nelson's signal, "England expects that every man will do his duty ", flying from Victory_ on the bicentenary of the Battle of Trafalgar

The battle progressed largely according to Nelson's plan. At 11:45, Nelson sent the famous flag signal, "England expects that every man will do his duty ".

His Lordship came to me on the poop , and after ordering certain signals to be made, about a quarter to noon, he said, "Mr. Pasco , I wish to say to the fleet, ENGLAND CONFIDES THAT EVERY MAN WILL DO HIS DUTY" and he added "You must be quick, for I have one more to make which is for close action." I replied, "If your Lordship will permit me to substitute 'expects' for 'confides' the signal will soon be completed, because the word 'expects' is in the vocabulary, and 'confides' must be spelt," His Lordship replied, in haste, and with seeming satisfaction, "That will do, Pasco, make it directly."

The term "England" was widely used at the time to refer to the United Kingdom; the British fleet included significant contingents from Ireland, Scotland, and Wales. Unlike the photographic depiction (right), this signal would have been shown on the mizzen mast only and would have required 12 lifts.

As the battle opened, the French and Spanish were in a ragged curved line headed north. As planned, the British fleet was approaching the Franco-Spanish line in two columns. Leading the northern, windward column in _Victory_ was Nelson, while Collingwood in the 100-gun _Royal Sovereign_ led the second, leeward, column. The two British columns approached from the west at nearly a right angle to the allied line. Nelson led his column into a feint toward the van of the Franco-Spanish fleet and then abruptly turned toward the actual point of attack. Collingwood altered the course of his column slightly so that the two lines converged at this line of attack.

Just before his column engaged the allied forces, Collingwood said to his officers: "Now, gentlemen, let us do something today which the world may talk of hereafter." Because the winds were very light during the battle, all the ships were moving extremely slowly, and the foremost British ships were under heavy fire from several of the allied ships for almost an hour before their own guns could bear. _ Artist's conception of HMS Sandwich_ fighting the French flagship _Bucentaure _ (completely dismasted) at Trafalgar. _Bucentaure_ is also fighting HMS _Temeraire_ (on the left) and being fired into by HMS _Victory_ (behind her). In fact, this is a mistake by Auguste Mayer , the painter; HMS _Sandwich_ never fought at Trafalgar.

At noon, Villeneuve sent the signal "engage the enemy", and _Fougueux_ fired her first trial shot at _Royal Sovereign_. _Royal Sovereign_ had all sails out and, having recently had her bottom cleaned, outran the rest of the British fleet. As she approached the allied line, she came under fire from _Fougueux_, _Indomptable_ , _San Justo_, and _San Leandro_, before breaking the line just astern of Admiral Alava's flagship _Santa Ana _, into which she fired a devastating double-shotted raking broadside. _ Artist's conception of the situation at noon as the Royal Sovereign _ was breaking into the Franco-Spanish line

The second ship in the British lee column, _Belleisle_ , was engaged by _L\'Aigle_ , _Achille_, _Neptune_ , and _Fougueux_; she was soon completely dismasted, unable to manoeuvre and largely unable to fight, as her sails blinded her batteries, but kept flying her flag for 45 minutes until the following British ships came to her rescue.

For 40 minutes, _Victory_ was under fire from _Héros_ , _Santísima Trinidad_ , _Redoutable_ , and _Neptune_; although many shots went astray, others killed and wounded a number of her crew and shot her wheel away, so that she had to be steered from her tiller belowdecks. _Victory_ could not yet respond. At 12:45, _Victory_ cut the enemy line between Villeneuve's flagship _Bucentaure_ and _Redoutable_; she came close to the _Bucentaure_, firing a devastating raking broadside through her stern which killed and wounded many on her gundecks. Villeneuve thought that boarding would take place, and with the Eagle of his ship in hand, told his men, "I will throw it onto the enemy ship and we will take it back there!" However _Victory_ engaged the 74-gun _Redoutable_; _Bucentaure_ was left to be dealt with by the next three ships of the British windward column: _Temeraire_ , _Conqueror_ , and HMS _Neptune_ . _ Painter Nicholas Pocock's conception of the situation at 1300h Painter Denis Dighton's imagining of Nelson being shot on the quarterdeck of Victory_

A general mêlée ensued and, during that fight, _Victory_ locked masts with the French _Redoutable_. The crew of _Redoutable_, which included a strong infantry corps (with three captains and four lieutenants), gathered for an attempt to board and seize the _Victory_. A musket bullet fired from the mizzentop of _Redoutable_ struck Nelson in the left shoulder, passed through his spine at the sixth and seventh thoracic vertebrae, and lodged two inches below his right scapula in the muscles of his back. Nelson exclaimed, "They finally succeeded, I am dead." He was carried below decks.

_Victory'_s gunners were called on deck to fight boarders, and she ceased firing. The gunners were forced back below decks by French grenades . As the French were preparing to board _Victory_, _Temeraire_, the second ship in the British windward column, approached from the starboard bow of _Redoutable_ and fired on the exposed French crew with a carronade , causing many casualties.

At 13:55, Captain Lucas , of _Redoutable_, with 99 fit men out of 643 and severely wounded himself, surrendered. The French _Bucentaure_ was isolated by _Victory_ and _Temeraire_, and then engaged by _HMS Neptune_, HMS _Leviathan_ , and _Conqueror_; similarly, _Santísima Trinidad_ was isolated and overwhelmed, surrendering after three hours.

As more and more British ships entered the battle, the ships of the allied centre and rear were gradually overwhelmed. The allied van, after long remaining quiescent, made a futile demonstration and then sailed away. The British took 22 vessels of the Franco-Spanish fleet and lost none. Among the captured French ships were _L'Aigle_, _Algésiras_ , _Berwick_ , _Bucentaure_, _Fougueux_, _Intrépide_ , _Redoutable_, and _Swiftsure_ . The Spanish ships taken were _Argonauta_, _Bahama_, _Monarca_, _Neptuno_, _San Agustín_ , _San Ildefonso_, _San Juan Nepomuceno_ , _Santísima Trinidad_ , and _Santa Ana_. Of these, _Redoutable_ sank, and _Santísima Trinidad_ and _Argonauta_ were scuttled by the British. _Achille_ exploded, _Intrépide_ and _San Augustín_ burned, and _L'Aigle_, _Berwick_, _Fougueux_, and _Monarca_ were wrecked in a gale following the battle. Painter Nicholas Pocock's conception of the situation at 1700h

As Nelson lay dying, he ordered the fleet to anchor, as a storm was predicted. However, when the storm blew up, many of the severely damaged ships sank or ran aground on the shoals . A few of them were recaptured, some by the French and Spanish prisoners overcoming the small prize crews, others by ships sallying from Cádiz. Surgeon William Beatty heard Nelson murmur, "Thank God I have done my duty"; when he returned, Nelson's voice had faded, and his pulse was very weak. He looked up as Beatty took his pulse, then closed his eyes. Nelson's chaplain, Alexander Scott , who remained by Nelson as he died, recorded his last words as "God and my country." It has been suggested by Nelson historian Craig Cabell that Nelson was actually reciting his own prayer as he fell into his death coma, as the words 'God' and 'my country' are closely linked therein. Nelson died at half-past four, three hours after being hit.

_ Battle of Trafalgar (1805) French and Spanish casualty rates by ship in sailing order, up to 84% for Fougueux Battle of Trafalgar British casualty rates by ship, with 19% for Victory _ leading the weather column and greatest rate 35% for _Colossus _ amidst the lee column

Data for this chart are in Trafalgar order of battle and casualties . Blue = French (the two ships that took no casualties were both French.) Red = Spanish The number is the order in the line Data for this chart are in Trafalgar order of battle and casualties . Yellow = HMS _Africa_ Green = The Weather Column, led by Nelson Grey = Lee Column, led by Collingwood The number is the order in the column.

Towards the end of the battle, and with the combined fleet being overwhelmed, the still relatively un-engaged portion of the van under Rear-Admiral Dumanoir Le Pelley tried to come to the assistance of the collapsing centre. After failing to fight his way through, he decided to break off the engagement, and led four French ships, his flagship the 80-gun _Formidable_ , the 74-gun ships _Scipion_ , _Duguay Trouin_ and _Mont Blanc_ away from the fighting. He headed at first for the Straits of Gibraltar, intending to carry out Villeneuve's original orders and make for Toulon. On 22 October he changed his mind, remembering a powerful British squadron under Rear-Admiral Thomas Louis was patrolling the straits, and headed north, hoping to reach one of the French Atlantic ports. With a storm gathering in strength off the Spanish coast, he sailed westwards to clear Cape St Vincent , prior to heading north-west, swinging eastwards across the Bay of Biscay , and aiming to reach the French port at Rochefort . These four ships remained at large until their encounter with and attempt to chase a British frigate brought them in range of a British squadron under Sir Richard Strachan , which captured them all on 4 November 1805 at the Battle of Cape Ortegal .

Cosmao And MacDonnell Sortie

_ The gale after Trafalgar, depicted by Thomas Buttersworth . In Cádiz harbour; the ships that the Franco-Spanish squadron recaptured from the British can be seen. In the centre of the image the dismasted Spanish First Rate Santa Ana_, flying Spanish colours, is visible. In the distance other ships of the combined fleet can be seen in various degrees of distress, with some sinking.

Only eleven ships escaped to Cádiz, and, of those, only five were considered seaworthy. The seriously wounded Admiral Gravina passed command of the remainder of the fleet over to Captain Julien Cosmao on 23 October. From shore, the allied commanders could see an opportunity for a rescue mission existed. Cosmao claimed in his report that the rescue plan was entirely his idea, but Vice-Admiral Escano recorded a meeting of Spanish and French Commodores at which a planned rescue was discussed and agreed upon. Enrique MacDonell and Cosmao were of equal rank and both raised commodore's pennants before hoisting anchor. Both sets of mariners were determined to make an attempt to recapture some of the prizes. Cosmoa ordered the rigging of his ship, the 74-gun _Pluton_ , to be repaired and reinforced her crew (which had been depleted by casualties from the battle), with sailors from the French frigate _Hermione _. Taking advantage of a favourable northwesterly wind, _Pluton_, the 80-gun _Neptune_ and _Indomptable_, the Spanish 100-gun _Rayo_ and 74-gun _San Francisco de Asis_ , together with five French frigates and two brigs, sailed out of the harbour towards the British.

The British Cast Off The Prizes

Soon after leaving port, the wind shifted to west-southwest, raising a heavy sea with the result that most of the British prizes broke their tow ropes, and drifting far to leeward , were only partially resecured. The combined squadron came in sight at noon, causing Collingwood to summon his most battle-ready ships to meet the threat. In doing so, he ordered them to cast off towing their prizes. He had formed a defensive line of ten ships by three o'clock in the afternoon and approached the Franco-Spanish squadron, covering the remainder of their prizes which stood out to sea. The Franco-Spanish squadron chose not to approach within gunshot and then declined to attack. Collingwood also chose not to seek action, and in the confusion of the powerful storm, the French frigates managed to retake two Spanish ships of the line which had been cast off by their British captors, the 112-gun _Santa Ana_ and 80-gun _Neptuno_ , taking them in tow and making for Cádiz. On being taken in tow, the Spanish crews rose up against their British prize crews, putting them to work as prisoners.

Despite this initial success the Franco-Spanish force, hampered by battle damage, struggled in the heavy seas. The _Neptuno_ was eventually wrecked off Rota in the gale, while the _Santa Ana_ reached port. The French 80-gun ship _Indomptable_ was wrecked on the 24th or 25th off the town of Rota on the northwest point of the bay of Cádiz. At the time the _Indomptable_ had 1,200 men on board, but no more than 100 were saved. The _San Francisco de Asís_ was driven ashore in Cádiz Bay, near Fort Santa-Catalina, although her crew was saved. The _Rayo_, an old three-decker with more than 50 years of service, anchored off Lucar, a few leagues to the northwest of Rota. There, she lost her masts; they had been damaged by shot earlier. Heartened by the approach of the squadron, the French crew of the former flagship _Bucentaure_ also rose up and retook the ship from the British prize crew but she was wrecked later on 23 October. The _Aigle _ escaped from the British ship HMS _Defiance_ , but was wrecked off the port of Santa María on 23 October; while the French prisoners on the _Berwick_ cut the tow cables, but caused her to founder off Sanlúcar on 22 October. The crew of the _Algesiras _ rose up and managed to sail into Cádiz. _ Painting depicting the French frigate Thémis_ towing the re-taken Spanish first-rate ship of the line _Santa Ana_ into Cádiz . Auguste Mayer , 19th century.

Observing that some of the leewardmost of the prizes were escaping towards the Spanish coast, _Leviathan_ asked for and was granted permission by Collingwood to try to retrieve the prizes and bring them to anchor. _Leviathan_ chased the _Monarca_ , but on 24 October she came across the _Rayo_, dismasted but still flying Spanish colours, at anchor off the shoals of San-Lucar. At this point the 74-gun HMS _Donegal_ , en route from Gibraltar under Captain Pulteney Malcolm , was seen approaching from the south on the larboard tack with a moderate breeze from northwest-by-north and steered directly for the Spanish three-decker. At about ten o'clock, just as the _Monarca_ had got within little more than a mile of the _Rayo_, _Leviathan_ fired a warning shot wide of the _Monarca_, to oblige her to drop anchor. The shot fell between the _Monarca_ and the _Rayo_. The latter, conceiving that it was probably intended for her, hauled down her colours, and was taken by HMS _Donegal_, who anchored alongside and took off the prisoners. _Leviathan_ resumed her pursuit of the _Monarca_, eventually catching up and forcing her to surrender. On boarding her, her British captors found that she was in a sinking state, and so removed the British prize crew, and nearly all of her original Spanish crew members. The nearly empty _Monarca_ parted her cable and was wrecked during the night. Despite the efforts of her British prize crew, the _Rayo_ was driven onshore on 26 October and wrecked, with the loss of twenty-five men. The remainder of the prize crew were made prisoners by the Spanish.


In the aftermath of the storm, Collingwood wrote:

The condition of our own ships was such that it was very doubtful what would be their fate. Many a time I would have given the whole group of our capture, to ensure our own... I can only say that in my life I never saw such efforts as were made to save these ships, and would rather fight another battle than pass through such a week as followed it. — Vice-Admiral Cuthbert Collingwood to the Admiralty , November 1805.

On balance, the allied counter-attack achieved little. In forcing the British to suspend their repairs to defend themselves, it influenced Collingwood's decision to sink or set fire to the most damaged of his remaining prizes. Cosmao retook two Spanish ships of the line, but it cost him one French and two Spanish vessels to do so. Fearing their loss, the British burnt or sank the _Santisima Trinidad_, _Argonauta_, _San Antonio_ and _Intrepide _. Only four of the British prizes, the French _Swiftsure_ and the Spanish _Bahama_, _San Ildefonso_ and _San Juan Nepomuceno_ survived to be taken to Britain. After the end of the battle and storm only nine ships of the line were left in Cádiz.


Nelson's overwhelming triumph over the combined Franco-Spanish fleet ensured Britain's protection from invasion for the remainder of the Napoleonic Wars

When Rosily arrived in Cádiz, he found only five French ships, rather than the 18 he was expecting. The surviving ships remained bottled up in Cádiz until 1808 when Napoleon invaded Spain. The French ships were then seized by the Spanish forces and put into service against France.

HMS _Victory_ made her way to Gibraltar for repairs, carrying Nelson's body. She put into Rosia Bay, Gibraltar and after emergency repairs were carried out, returned to Britain. Many of the injured crew were brought ashore at Gibraltar and treated in the Naval Hospital. Men who subsequently died from injuries sustained at the battle are buried in or near the Trafalgar Cemetery , at the south end of Main Street, Gibraltar .

One Royal Marine officer was killed on board _Victory_; Captain Charles Adair. Royal Marine Lieutenant Lewis Buckle Reeve was seriously wounded and lay next to Nelson.

The battle took place the day after the Battle of Ulm , and Napoleon did not hear about it for weeks—the Grande Armée had left Boulogne to fight Britain's allies before they could combine a huge force. He had tight control over the Paris media and kept the defeat a closely guarded secret for over a month, at which point newspapers proclaimed it to have been a tremendous victory. In a counter-propaganda move, a fabricated text declaring the battle a "spectacular victory" for the French and Spanish was published in the _Herald_ and attributed to _Le Moniteur Universel _.

Vice-Admiral Villeneuve was taken prisoner aboard his flagship and taken back to Britain. After his parole in 1806, he returned to France, where he was found dead in his inn room during a stop on the way to Paris, with six stab wounds in the chest from a dining knife. It was officially recorded that he had committed suicide.

Despite the British victory over the Franco-Spanish navies, Trafalgar had negligible impact on the remainder of the War of the Third Coalition . Less than two months later, Napoleon decisively defeated the Third Coalition at the Battle of Austerlitz , knocking Austria out of the war and forcing the dissolution of the Holy Roman Empire . Although Trafalgar meant France could no longer challenge Britain at sea, Napoleon proceeded to establish the Continental System in an attempt to deny Britain trade with the continent. The Napoleonic Wars continued for another ten years after Trafalgar.

Nelson's body was preserved in a barrel of brandy for the trip home to a hero's funeral. A broadside from the 1850s recounts the story


Detail from a modern reproduction of an 1805 poster commemorating the battle

Following the battle, the Royal Navy was never again seriously challenged by the French fleet in a large-scale engagement. Napoleon had already abandoned his plans of invasion before the battle and they were never revived. The battle did not mean, however, that the French naval challenge to Britain was over. First, as the French control over the continent expanded, Britain had to take active steps with the Battle of Copenhagen in 1807 and elsewhere in 1808 to prevent the ships of smaller European navies from falling into French hands. This effort was largely successful, but did not end the French threat as Napoleon instituted a large-scale shipbuilding programme that produced a fleet of 80 ships of the line at the time of his fall from power in 1814, with more under construction. In comparison, Britain had 99 ships of the line in active commission in 1814, and this was close to the maximum that could be supported. Given a few more years, the French could have realised their plans to commission 150 ships of the line and again challenge the Royal Navy, compensating for the inferiority of their crews with sheer numbers. For almost 10 years after Trafalgar, the Royal Navy maintained a close blockade of French bases and anxiously observed the growth of the French fleet. In the end, Napoleon's Empire was destroyed before the ambitious buildup could be completed.

Nelson became – and remains – Britain's greatest naval war hero, and an inspiration to the Royal Navy, yet his unorthodox tactics were seldom emulated by later generations. The first monument to be erected in Britain to commemorate Nelson may be that raised on Glasgow Green in 1806, albeit possibly preceded by a monument at Taynuilt , near Oban in Scotland dated 1805, both also commemorating the many Scots crew and captains at the battle. The 144-foot-tall (44 m) _Nelson Monument_ on Glasgow Green was designed by David Hamilton and paid for by public subscription. Around the base are the names of his major victories: Aboukir (1798), Copenhagen (1801) and Trafalgar (1805). In 1808, Nelson\'s Pillar was erected by leading members of the Anglo-Irish aristocracy in Dublin to commemorate Nelson and his achievements (between 10% and 20% of the sailors at Trafalgar had been from Ireland ), and remained until it was destroyed in a bombing by "Old IRA " members in 1966. Nelson\'s Monument in Edinburgh was built between 1807 and 1815 in the form of an upturned telescope , and in 1853 a time ball was added which still drops at noon GMT to give a time signal to ships in Leith and the Firth of Forth . In summer this coincides with the _one o'clock gun_ being fired. The Britannia Monument in Great Yarmouth was raised by 1819. Nelson\'s Column, Montreal began public subscriptions soon after news of the victory at Trafalgar arrived; the column was completed in the autumn of 1809 and still stands in Place Jacques Cartier .

London's famous Trafalgar Square was named in honour of Nelson's victory, and his statue on Nelson\'s Column , finished in 1843, towers triumphantly over it. The statue of Lord Nelson in Bridgetown, Barbados, in what was also once known as Trafalgar Square, was erected in 1813.

The disparity in losses has been attributed by some historians less to Nelson's daring tactics than to the difference in fighting readiness of the two fleets. Nelson's fleet was made up of ships of the line which had spent a considerable amount of sea time during the months of blockades of French ports, whilst the French fleet had generally been at anchor in port. However, Villeneuve's fleet had just spent months at sea crossing the Atlantic twice, which supports the proposition that the main difference between the two fleets' combat effectiveness was the morale of the leaders. The daring tactics employed by Nelson were to ensure a strategically decisive result. The results vindicated his naval judgement.

The Royal Navy proceeded to dominate the sea until the Second World War . Although the victory at Trafalgar was typically given as the reason at the time, modern historical analyses suggest that relative economic strength was an important underlying cause of British naval mastery. Nelson on top of his column in Trafalgar Square in London


In 1905, there were events up and down the country to commemorate the centenary, although none were attended by any member of the Royal Family, apparently to avoid upsetting the French, with whom the United Kingdom had recently entered the _ Entente cordiale _. King Edward VII did support the _Nelson Centenary Memorial Fund_ of the British and Foreign Sailors Society , which sold Trafalgar centenary souvenirs marked with the Royal cypher . A gala was held on 21 October at the Royal Albert Hall in aid of the fund, which included a specially commissioned film by Alfred John West entitled _"Our Navy"_. The event ended with _ God Save the King _ and _ La Marseillaise _ The first performance of Sir Henry Wood 's _Fantasia on British Sea Songs _ occurred on the same day at a special Promenade Concert .


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In 2005 a series of events around the UK, part of the _Sea Britain_ theme, marked the bicentenary of the Battle of Trafalgar. The 200th anniversary of the battle was also commemorated on six occasions in Portsmouth during June and July, at St Paul\'s Cathedral (where Nelson is entombed), in Trafalgar Square in London in October (_T Square 200 _), and across the UK.

On 28 June, the Queen was involved in the largest Fleet Review in modern times in the Solent , in which 167 ships from 35 nations took part. The Queen inspected the international fleet from the Antarctic patrol ship HMS _Endurance_ . The fleet included six aircraft carriers – (modern capital ships): _Charles De Gaulle_ , _Illustrious_ , _Invincible_ , _Ocean_ , _Príncipe de Asturias_ and _Saipan_ . In the evening a symbolic re-enactment of the battle was staged with fireworks and various small ships playing parts in the battle.

Lieutenant John Lapenotière 's historic voyage in HMS _Pickle_ bringing the news of the victory from the fleet to Falmouth and thence by post chaise to the Admiralty in London was commemorated by the inauguration of The Trafalgar Way and further highlighted by the New Trafalgar Dispatch celebrations from July to September in which an actor played the part of Lapenotière and re-enacted parts of the historic journey.

On the actual anniversary day, 21 October, naval manoeuvres were conducted in Trafalgar Bay near Cádiz involving a combined fleet from Britain, Spain, and France. Many descendants of people present at the battle, including members of Nelson's family, were at the ceremony.


_ The Battle of Trafalgar _ by J. M. W. Turner (oil on canvas, 1822–1824) combines events from several moments during the battle

* _Le Chevalier de Sainte-Hermine_ (1869), by Alexandre Dumas , is an adventure story in which the main character is alleged to be the one who shot Nelson. * In James Clavell 's 1966 novel _Tai-Pan _, the Scots chieftain of Hong Kong, Dirk Struan, reflects on his experiences as a powder monkey onboard HMS _Royal Sovereign_ at Trafalgar. * In the unfinished novel _ Hornblower and the Crisis _ (1967) in the Horatio Hornblower series by C. S. Forester , Hornblower was to deliver false orders to Villeneuve causing him to send his fleet out of Cádiz and hence fight the battle. In _Hornblower and the Atropos_ (1953), Hornblower is put in charge of Admiral Nelson's funeral in London. * In Series 1, episode 11 of Monty Python\'s Flying Circus (1969), several Gumby characters argue that the battle was fought on dry land near Cudworth in Yorkshire, with Sir Francis Drake and the German fleet as combatants. * The Bee Gees ninth studio album was inspired by the battle and titled _Trafalgar _ (1971). * In the _Star Trek: The Next Generation _ episode "The Best of Both Worlds " (1990), Captain Jean-Luc Picard discusses with his confidant Guinan the naval tradition of touring a ship before a battle. Guinan points out that a captain would only do so for a hopeless battle; Picard mentions that Horatio Nelson toured HMS _Victory_ before Trafalgar. When Guinan points out that Nelson was killed in the battle, Picard retorts that the British still won. In the film _Star Trek Generations _ (1994), a painting reveals that one of Picard's ancestors fought at Trafalgar for the French. * In _Sharpe\'s Trafalgar _ (2000), by Bernard Cornwell , Sharpe finds himself at the battle aboard the fictitious HMS _Pucelle_. * Jonathan Willcocks composed a major choral work, "A Great and Glorious Victory," to mark the bicentenary of the battle in October 2005. * In the 2006 novel _His Majesty\'s Dragon _, the first of the historical fantasy Temeraire series by Naomi Novik , in which aerial dragon -mounted combat units form major divisions of European militaries during the Napoleonic Wars, Trafalgar is actually a massive feint by Napoleon to distract British forces away from the aerial and seaborne invasion of Britain near Dover . Nelson survives, though he is burned by dragon fire.


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