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Titel: First English reading book: Engelsch leesboek voor instituten, gymnasiën en hoogere burgerscholen: met Nederlandsche woordenlijst
Auteur: Herrig, Ludwig
Uitgave: Arnhem: J. Voltelen, 1869 *
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Citeerinstructie: Bijzondere Collecties van de Universiteit van Amsterdam, UBM: IWO 513 H 21
URL: https://schoolmuseum.uba.uva.nl/bookid/LCSM_204683
Onderwerp: Taal- en letterkunde naar afzonderlijke talen: Engelse taalkunde
Trefwoord: Leesvaardigheid, Engels, Leermiddelen (vorm)
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mutual support, and to anchor by the stern.
*First gain your victory,' he said, 'and then
make the best use of it you can.' The
moment he perceived the position of the
French, that intuitive genius with which
Nelson was endowed displayed itself; and
it instantly struck him, that where there
was room for an enemy's ship to swing
there was room for one of ours to anchor.
The plan which he intended to pursue,
therefore, was to keep entirely on the outer
side of the French line, and station his
ships, as far as he was able, one on the
outer bow and another on the outer quarter
of each of the enemy's. Captain Berry,
when he comprehended the scope of the
design, exclaimed with transport, 'If we
succeed, what will the world say ?' 'There
is no 'if in the case,' replied the admiral;
nhat we shall succeed is certain — who
may live to tell the story is a very different
question.'
As the squadron advanced, they were
assailed by a shower of shot and shell from
the batteries on the island, and the enemy
opened a steady fire from the starboard
side of their whole line, within half gun-
shot distance, full into the bows of our van
ships. It was received in silence; the men
on board every ship were employed aloft
in furling sails, and below in tending the
braces, and making ready for anchoring; —
a miserable sight for the French, who, with
all their skill and all their courage, and
all their advantages of number and situa-
tion, were upon that element on which,
when the hour of trial comes, a Frenchman
has no hope. Admiral Brueys was a brave
and able man; yet the indehble character
of his country broke out in one of his
letters, wherein he delivered it as his pri-
vate opinion that the English had missed
him, because, not being superior in force,
they did not think it prudent to try their
strength with him. The moment was now
come in which he was to be undeceived.
A French brig was instructed to decoy
the English, by manceuvering so as to tempt
them towards a shoal lying off the island
of Beguieres; but Nelson either knew the
danger or suspected some deceit, and the
lure was unsuccessful. Captain Foley led
the way in the Goliath, outsailing the Zeal-
ous, which for some minutes disputed this
post of honour with him. He had long
conceived that, if the enemy were moored
in line of battle in with the land, the best
plan of attack would be to lead between
them and the shore, because the French
guns on that side were not likely to be
manned, nor even ready for action. Intend-
ing, therefore, to fix himself on the inner
bow of the Guerrier, he kept as near the
edge of the bank as the depth of water
would admit; but his anchor hung, and,
having opened his fire, he drifted to the
second ship, the Conquérant, before it was
cleared, then anchored by the stern, inside
of her, and in ten minutes shot away her
masts. Hood, in the Zealous, perceiving
this, took the station which the Goliath
intended to have occupied, and totally dis-
abled the Guerrier in twelve minutes. The
third ship which doubled the enemy's van
was the Orion, Sir J. Saumarez; she pass-
ed to windward of the Zealous, and opened
her larboard guns as long as they bore on
the Guerrier; then, passing inside the Go-
liath, sunk a frigate which annoyed her,
hauled toward he French line, and, an-
choring inside between the fifth and sixth
ships from the Guerrier, took her station
on the larboard bow of the Franklin and
the quarter of the Peuple Souverain, re-
ceiving and returning the fire of both.
The sun was now nearly down. The Au-
dacious, Captain Gould, pouring a heavy
fire into the Guerrier and the Conquérant,
fixed herself on the larboard bow of the
latter, and when that ship struck, passed
cn to the Peuple Souverain. The Theseus,
Captain Miller, followed, brought down the
Guerrier's remaining main and mizen masts,
then anchored inside the Spartiate, the
third in the French line.
While these advanced ships doubled the
French line, the Vanguard was the first
that anchored on the outer side of the
enemy, within half-pistol shot of their third
ship, the Spartiate. Nelson had six colours
flying in different parts of the rigging, lest
they should be shot away — that they
should be struck, no British admiral con-
siders as a possibility. He veered half a
cable, and instantly opened a tremendous
fire, under cover of which the other four
ships of his division, the Minotaur, Belle-
rophon, Defence, and Majestic, sailed on
ahead of the admiral. In a few minutes
every man stationed at the first six guns
in the fore part of the Vanguard's deck
was killed or wounded — these guns were
three times cleared. Captain Louis, in the
Minotaur, anchored next ahead, and took
off the fire of the Aquilon, the fourth in
the enemy's line. The Bellerophon, Cap-
tain Darby, passed ahead, and dropped her
stern anchor on the starboard bow of the
Orient, seventh in the line, Brueys' own
ship, of one hundred and twenty guns,
whose difference in force was in proportion
of more than seven to three, and whose