Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Countdown to Trafalgar: Nelson's Private Diary, October 15th - 17th 1805

Tuesday Oct 15th fine Wt Westerly sent Renommee & L’aimable to Gibraltar & Malta and the transpt to Gibt Adl Louis is order’d to see the Convoy above Cartagena & the frigates to escort them to Malta.  all night mode. Breezs. Westerly

Wednesday Oct 16th
Modte: Breezes Westerly all the forenoon Employd forming the fleet into the order of Sailing at noon fresh Breezes WSW & Squally in the Evening fresh gales Enemy as before, by Sign: from Weazel.

Thursday Oct 17th 1805
Mode: Breezes NWerly Sent Donegal to Gibraltar to get a ground Tier of Casks.  Receivd accounts by the Diligent Store Ship that Sir Richd. Strachan has supposed in Sight of the French Rochford Squadron which I hope is true.  At Midnight the Wind came to the Eastward.

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