Excerpt from The Marine Officer, or Sketches of Service, Vol. 2 of 2
From the ships watching the motions of the enemy in Cadiz, that the combined ¿eet had put to sea. As they sailed with light winds westerly, his Lordship concluded their destination was the Mediterranean, and... immediately made all sail for the Straits' en trance, with the British squadron, consisting of twenty-seven ships, three of them sixty-fours, where his Lordship was informed by Captain Blackwood (whose vigilance in watching and giving notice of the enemy's movements has been highly meritori ous) that they had not yet passed the Straits. On Monday, the 21st instant, at day-light, when Cape Trafalgar bore E. By S. About seven leagues, the enemy was discovered six or seven miles to the eastward, the wind about west, and very light. The commander-in-chief immediately made the signal for the ¿eet to bear up in two columns, as they are formed in order of sailing; a mode of attack his Lordship had previously directed, to avoid the inconvenience and delay in forming a line of battle in the usual manner. The enemy's line consisted of thirty-three ships, (of which eighteen were French, and fifteen Spanish,) com.
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