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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 100 Greatest Heroes

Harry Paul Jeffers - Biography & Autobiography - 2003 - 322 pages
..."Brittania rules the waves." The measure of Nelson s career and character are found in his own words: "No captain can do very wrong if he places his ship alongside that of the enemy." "I have always been a quarter of an hour before my time, and it has made a man of me."...
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The Eagle and the Rising Sun: The Japanese-American War, 1941-1943, Pearl ...

Alan Schom - History - 2003 - 540 pages
...can lay hands upon them." If in a battle there is any doubt as to what to do, he added at Trafalgar, "no captain can do very wrong if he places his ship alongside that of the enemy."" Frank Jack Fletcher was clearly no Horatio Nelson. He was, as Napoleon once put it when...
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Glory in the Name: A Novel of the Confederate Navy

James L. Nelson - Fiction - 2009 - 432 pages
...for orders. "You recall, Mr. Risley, Horatio Nelson's words, just hefore Trafalgar?" Bowater said. " 'No captain can do very wrong if he places his ship alongside that of an enemy.' That must he our strategy tonight, hecause I think we'll get no instructions from the flag. So let...
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Royal Navy Strategy in the Far East, 1919-1939: Preparing for War Against Japan

Andrew Field - History - 2004 - 273 pages
...by Tom Phillips'. 40. Brice, The Royal Navy, p. 151. Battle Fleet Tactics and a War in the Far East No captain can do very wrong if he places his ship alongside that of an enemy. Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson to his captains before the Battle of Trafalgar, 1 805 The strategy, War...
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Why Courage Matters: The Way to a Braver Life

John McCain, Mark Salter - Body, Mind & Spirit - 2004 - 224 pages
...My father and his father believed the best definition of courage was Admiral Lord Nelson's advice: "No captain can do very wrong if he places his ship alongside that of the enemy." It was the creed shared by most of their navy peers, the men they admired most. My grandfather's...
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Command at Sea: Naval Command and Control Since the Sixteenth Century

Michael A. Palmer - History - 2005 - 377 pages
...the Commanderin-Chief is thinking. Nelson's instructions — drafted eleven days before Trafalgar — 'in case signals cannot be seen, or clearly understood,...if he places his ship alongside that of an enemy' is a nice case in point of a simple direction covering all eventualities."^ IN EARLY 1941 the war was...
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Decision at Sea: Five Naval Battles that Shaped American History

Craig L. Symonds - History - 2005 - 378 pages
...1805, the great British hero of the Age of Sail, Horatio Lord Nelson, informed his commanders that "no captain can do very wrong if he places his ship alongside that of an enemy." Nelson encouraged independent thought among his subordinates, and that day, at least, it paid off for him...
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The Command of the Ocean: A Naval History of Britain, 1649-1815

N. A. M. Rodger - History - 2005 - 907 pages
...another burned.38 'In case signals can neither be seen or perfectly understood,' Nelson had written, 'no captain can do very wrong if he places his ship alongside that of an enemy.'39 This was no mere general exhortation but a precise reference to an important tactical issue....
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Six Frigates: The Epic History of the Founding of the U.S. Navy

Ian W. Toll - History - 2006 - 560 pages
...wishes. On the eve of Trafalgar, he wrote them: "In case signals can neither be seen nor perfectly understood, no captain can do very wrong if he places his ship alongside that of an enemy." And in case that wasn't clear enough, once the battle was joined he flew his trademark signal from...
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The Fighting Top

George Jepson, Charles White - Fiction - 2006 - 68 pages
...generational span, I think; the technology of the various campaigns is probably secondary. Nelson said, "No captain can do very wrong if he places his ship alongside that of an enemy," and he was right. Maybe the values expressed in the books as well, which are universal. You have enjoyed...
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