London, November 26th (1805) In society, at the theatre and places of entertainment, at balls, all the ladies in evening dress wear cypress in their head-dress in memory of Lord Nelson. The loss of Lord Nelson, however, is not the only loss that we have to deplore in the terrible battle which has taken place off Cadiz between our Fleet and that of the Combined Fleet. One may judge of these when one reads the following extract from the despatch that Admiral Collingwood has forwarded to the Admiralty:
STATE OF THE BRITISH FLEET AFTER THE BATTLE OF OCTOBER 19.
Entirely dismasted in the act of breaking the line Admiral Nelson wounded; he died seven hours after the battle
Prince of Wales*
Sunk in the action
Sunk in the action
All the hull riddled with cannon shot
Dismasted; the masts of the French ship “Aigle” fell on her deck and killed many of the crew.
Neptune & Prince
Both sunk; and the masts of the first and the rudder of the second have been found on Conil beach.
Lost her foremast and mizzen; at Gibraltar much Damaged.
Dismasted on the Barbary coast.
Dismasted and taken alongside the sheer hulk at Gibraltar.
Sunk off the coast near Sta Maria.
Burnt by the fleet five or six leagues N.W of Cadiz.
Came into Gibraltar in tow of a frigate making signals for assistance.
Sunk after the action, on the coast near Rota.
Without mainmast; at Gibraltar.
Lost her foretopmast; at Gibraltar.
Dismasted, on the coast of Africa
Under sail. And lost her maintopmast.
Hull damaged; at Gibraltar.
At Gibraltar, the second without a topsail yard
Ran ashore on the coast off Conill or San Lucar.
Under sail, without a mizen mast.
Sunk after the battle off the coast off Rota.
Under sail – with jury-masts
SHIPS WHICH JOINED THE ENGLISH FLEET AT 5 PM 21ST OCTOBER.
The following dispatches and diary entries are taken from a book of Nelson’s letters. They give us deep insight into the working of that great man’s mind as well as all the preparations and maneuvering […]