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
Onderwerp: Taal- en letterkunde naar afzonderlijke talen: Engelse taalkunde
Trefwoord: Leesvaardigheid, Engels, Leermiddelen (vorm)
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■weight of ball, from the lower deck alone,
exceeded that from the whole broadside
of the lîellerophon. Captain Peyton, in
the Defence, took his station ahead of the
Minotaur and engaged the Franklin, tlie
sixth in the line; by which judicious move-
ment the British line remained unbroken.
The Majestic, Captain Westcott, got en-
tangled with the main rigging of one of
the French ships astern of the Orient, and
suffered dreadfully from that threedecker"s
fire ; but she swung clear, and closely en-
gaging the Heureux the ninth ship in the
starboard bow, received also the fire of the
Tonnant, which was the eighth in the line.
The other four ships of the British squa-
dron, having been detached previous to the
discovery of the French, were at a consi-
derable distance when the action began.
It commenced at half-after six, about seven
the night closed, and there was no other
light than that from the fire of the con-
tending fleets.
Trowbridge, in the Culloden, then fore-
most of the remaining ships, was two lea-
gues astern. He came on sounding, as
the others had done. As he advanced,
the increasing darkness increased the diffi-
culty of the navigation, and suddenly, after
having found eleven fathoms water, before
the lead could be hove again, he was fast
aground; nor could all his own exertions,
joined to those of the Leander and the
Mutiné brig, which came to his assistance,
get him off in time to bear a part in the
action. His ship, however, served as a
beacon to the Alexander and Swiftsure,
which would else, from the course they
were holding, have gone considerably fur-
ther on the reef, and must inevitably have
been lost. These ships entered the bay
and took their stations, in the darkness, in
a manner still spoken of with admiration
by all who remember it. (Captain Hallo-
well, in the Swiftsure, as he was bearing
down, fell in with what seemed to be a
strange sail. Nelson had directed his ships
to hoist four lights horizontally at the
mizen peak as soon as it became dark, and
this vessel had no such distinction. Hallo-
well, however, with great judgment, order-
ed his men not to fire. 'If she was an
enemy,' he said, 'she was in too disabled
a state to escape; but, from her sails being
loose, and the way in which her head was,
it was probable she might be an English
ship.' It was the Bellerophon, overpowered
by the huge Orient. Her lights had gone
overboard, nearly two hundred of her crew
were killed or wounded, all her masts and
cables had been shot away, and she was
drifting out of the line towards the lee-side
of the bay. Her station at his important
time was occupied by the Swiftsure, which
opened a steady fire on the quarter of the
Franklin and the bows of the French ad-
miral. At the same instant Captain Ball,
with the Alexander, passed under his stern,
and anchored within sight on his larboard
quarter, raking him, and keeping a severe <
fire of musketry upon his decks. The last
ship which arrived to complete the destruc-
tion of the enemy was the Leander. Cap-
tain Thompson, finding that nothing could
be done that night to get off the Culloden,
advanced with the intention of anchoring
athwart-hawse of the Orient. The Frank-
lin was so near her ahead, that there was
not room for him to pass clear of the two
he therefore took his station athwart-hawse
of the latter, in such a position as to rake
The two first ships of the French line
had been dismasted within a quarter of an
hour after the commencement of the action
and the others in that time suffered so se-
verely, that victory was already certain.
The third, fourth, and fifth were taken
possesion of at half-past eight. Meantime
Nelson received a severe wound on the
head from a piece of langridge shot. Cap-
tain Berry caught him in his arms as he
was falling. The great effusion of blood
occasioned an apprehension that the wound
was mortal. Nelson himself thought so:
a large flap of the skin of the forehead
cut from the bone, had fallen over the eye;
and, the other being blind, he was in total
darkness. When he was carried down, the
surgeon, in the midst of a scene scarcely
to be conceived by those who have never
seen a cockpit in time of action, and the
heroism which is displayed amid its horrors
— with a natural hut pardonable eagerness,
quitted the poor fellow then under his
hands, that he might instantly attend the
Admiral. 'No!' said Nelson, 'f will take
my turn with my brave fellows.' Nor would
he suffer his own wound to be examined,
till every man who had been previously
wounded was properly attended to. Fully
believing that the wound was mortal, and
that he was about to die, as he had ever
desired, in battle and in victory, he called
the chaplain, and desired him to delivei
what he supposed to he his dying remem-
brance to Lady Nelson; he then sent foi
Captain Louis on board, from the Mino-
taur, that he might thank him personally
for the great assistance he had rendered
to the Vanguard; and. ever mindful ol
those who deserved to be his friends, ap-