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" Captains are to look to their particular line as their rallying point. But, in case signals can neither be seen or perfectly understood, no captain can do very wrong if he places his ship alongside that of an enemy. "
FLEET TACTICS UNDER STEAM - Page 5
by FOXHALL A. PARKER - 1870
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The Pen and Ink Sailor: Charles Middleton and the King's Navy, 1778-1813

John E. Talbott - History - 1998 - 172 pages
...'smasher' worked to best advantage when commanding officers followed Nelson's celebrated tactical advice: 'No captain can do very wrong if he places his Ship alongside that of an Enemy." 5 Indeed, captains may have taken Nelson's counsel too much to heart. Neglecting the subtler arts of...
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The Wordsworth Dictionary of Quotations

Connie Robertson - Reference - 1998 - 669 pages
...Love is a fever which marriage puts to bed and 8133 In case signals can neither be seen nor perfectly , Lucifer! I'll bu the enemy. 8134 Close with a Frenchman, but out-manoeuvre a Russian. 8135 You must consider every man...
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Decision at Trafalgar: The Story of the Greatest British Naval Battle of the ...

Dudley Pope - Fiction - 1999 - 384 pages
...their particular Line as their rallying point. But in case signals can neither be seen or perfectly understood no Captain can do very wrong if he places his Ship alongside that of an Enemy. Of the intended attack from to Windward, the Enemy in Line of Battle ready to receive an attack: The...
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A Sea of Words: A Lexicon and Companion to the Complete Seafaring Tales of ...

Dean King, John B. Hattendorf, J. Worth Estes - Literary Criticism - 2000 - 501 pages
...this from his instructions prior to the battle: "But, in case Signals can neither be seen or perfectly understood, no Captain can do very wrong if he places his Ship alongside that of an Enemy." The British suffered 1,500 men killed or wounded and lost no ships. The Spanish and French suffered...
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Precursors of Nelson: British Admirals of the Eighteenth Century

Peter Le Fevre, Richard Harding - History - 2000 - 436 pages
...was admired by contemporaries and noted as an essential quality. His famous phrase before Trafalgar, 'No captain can do very wrong if he places his ship alongside that of an enemy', became common in the service within years. Vice-Admiral Codrington, who was at Trafalgar, incorporated...
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Warships of the World to 1900

Lincoln P. Paine - History - 2000 - 266 pages
...On the eve of the battle, he concluded his remarks to his officers with the encouraging observation, "No Captain can do very wrong if he places his ship alongside that of an enemy." In a move that might well have failed under any other commander. Nelson divided his fleet into two...
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The Royal Navy and Nuclear Weapons

Richard Moore - History - 2001 - 243 pages
...key lesson drawn in particular from copious references to Trafalgar: 'engage the enemy more closely'; 'no captain can do very wrong if he places his ship alongside that of an enemy'.55 These two books, along with Clowes's seven volumes of 1907 and Callender's three, constituted...
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Soul of the Sword: An Illustrated History of Weaponry and Warfare from ...

Robert L. O'Connell - Technology & Engineering - 2002 - 390 pages
...line. Also, he deliberately encouraged initiative in his officers . . . the right kind of initiative. "In case signals cannot be seen, or clearly understood,...very wrong if he places his ship alongside that of an enemy."6 Preparations aboard each warship left little to the imagination. Below, benches and tables...
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The Nelson Encyclopedia

Colin White - History - 2002 - 288 pages
...action, is not at his post', a striking echo of a phrase Nelson used in his own famous memorandum, 'No captain can do very wrong if he places his ship alongside that of any enemy.' In the event, there was little that Villeneuve could do to prevent the disaster that overtook...
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Nelson: Love & Fame

Edgar Vincent - History - 2003 - 640 pages
...their particular line as their rallying point. But in case Signals can neither be seen or perfectly understood, no Captain can do very wrong, if he places his Ship alongside that of an Enemy. . . . Some Ships may not get through their exact place, but they will always be at hand to assist their...
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