Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Cape St. Vincent, 210

The battle of Cape St. Vincent occured on this day, 210 years ago. It was a great and glorious victory for the British, and a preview of the daring and decisive action at Trafalgar of (then) Commodore Horatio Nelson.

Nelson and his ship, the H.M.S Captain, were to follow in line with the rest of the fleet, cutting the middle of the Spanish line. Nelson observed that the enemy was attempting to wear and rejoin their line to leeward, passing the rear of the British line. Nelson ordered his ship to wear, and came up the Spanish line to leeward, cutting off their maneuver.

Nelson and his men engaged and boarded the St. Nicholas and then the St. Josef. He was invested in the Order of Bath for his actions.

There is much more to the story, of course. For the Paul Harvey version, check out britishbattles.com , where the above image is from.

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