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Deprived him of his most valuable life

‘Tis Trafalgar Day, therefore I display a more respectful countenance than is usually my wont, and inform you how the news of Lord Nelson’s victory – and tragic death – reached these shores.

Death of Lord Nelson


The following is the Admiralty Bulletin, sent in the morning to LLOYD’s:—

Admiralty office, Nov. 6, at One A.M.

“Lieut. Lapenotiere, of the Pickle schooner, arrived last night with dispatches from Vice-Admiral Collingwood, announcing a glorious victory gained by His Majesty’s fleet off Cadiz, under the command of Admiral Lord Nelson.

“On the 19th of October the enemy’s fleet, consisting of 33 ships of the line, four frigates, and two brigs, came out of Cadiz, and on the 21st, at noon, were brought to action by the British fleet, consisting of 27 sail of the line (seven having been previously detached under Rear-Admiral Louis), four frigates, and two smaller vessels.”

“The engagement lasted four hours, and terminated by nineteen of the enemy’s line striking their colours, and being taken possession of, exclusive of one which blew up in the action.

“Lord Nelson’s ship being closely engaged with the Santissima Trinidada, and others of the enemy’s ships, a musket shot fired from the top wounded his Lordship, and deprived him of his most valuable life.

“A gale of wind at S.W. coming on the next day, and on the 24th and 25th increasing in violence, many of the prizes drove adrift, and being close to a lee shore, it is supposed that several of them must have been wrecked, and the Vice-Admiral had made a signal for destroying all that could not be brought away. Two ships, from which the prisoners could not be removed, made their escape into Cadiz. The Santissima Trinidad was sunk, and two others of the line were destroyed before the Lieutenant left the fleet. Admiral Villeneuve, who commanded in chief, and many other officers of rank, are among the prisoners.

“Besides the loss of Lord NELSON, their country has to lament that of Captains DUFF and COOKE, and about 500 men killed.

“ The Belleisle was totally dismasted, and the Temeraire and Royal Sovereign also suffered very much; but no one of His Majesty’s ships was lost in this most glorious conflict.”

The Morning Post, 7 November 1805


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