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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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pointed Captain Hardy from the brig, to
the command of his own ship, Captain
Berry having to go home with the news
of the victory. When the surgeon came
in due time to examine the wound (for it
was in vain to entreat him to let it be
examined sooner), the most anxious silence
prevailed; and the joy of the wounded
men, and of the whole crew, when they
heard that the hurt was superficial, gave
Nelson deeper pleasure than the unexpect-
ed assurance that his life was in no danger.
The surgeon requested, and, as far as he
could, ordered him to remain quiet; but
'Nelson could not rest. He called for his
secretary, Mr. Campbell, to write the des-
patches. Campbell had himself been wound-
ed, and was so affected at the blind and
suffering state of the Admiral, that he was
unable to write. The chaplain was sent
for; but, before he came. Nelson, with his
characteristic eagerness, took the pen, and
contrived to trace a few words, marking
his devout sense of the success which had
already been obtained. He was now left
alone; when suddenly a cry was heard on
the deck that the Orient was on fire. In
the confusion, he found his way up, unas-
sisted and unnoticed; and, to the astonish-
ment of every one, appeared on the quar-
ter-deck, where he immediately gave orders
that boats should be sent to the reUef of
the enemy.
It was soon after nine that the fire on
3oard the Orient broke out. Brueys was
dead; he had received three wounds, yet
would not leave his post; a fourth cut him
almost in two. He desired not to be car-
ried below, but to be left to die upon deck.
The flames soon mastered his ship. Her
sides had just been painted, and the oil-
jars and paint-buckets were lying on the
poop. By the prodigious light of this con-
flagration, the situation of the two fleets
could now be perceived, the colours of
both being clearly distinguishable. About
ten o'clock the ship blew up, with a shock
which was felt to the very bottom of every
vessel. Many of her officers and men jum-
ped overboard, some clinging to the spars
and pieces of wreck with which the sea
was strewn; others swimming to escape from
the destruction which they momently dread-
ed. Some were picked up by our boats;
and some, even in the heat and fury of
the action, were dragged into the lower
parts of the nearest British ships by the
British sailors. The greater part of her
prew, however, stood the danger to the
ast, and continued to fire from the lower
deck. This tremendous explosion was fol-
lowed by a silence not less awful; the fir-
ing immediately ceased on both sides; and
the first sound which broke the silence
was the dash of her shattered masts and
yards falling into the water from the vast
height to which they had been exploded.
It is upon record, that a battle between
two armies was once broken off by an
earthquake : — such an event would be
felt like a miracle; but no incident in war,
produced by human means, has ever equal-
led the sublimity of this coinstantaneous
pause, and all its circumstances.
About seventy of the Orient's crew were
saved by the English boats. Among the
many hundreds who perished were the
Commodore, Casa Bianca, and his son, a
brave boy only ten years old. They were
seen floating on a shattered mast when the
ship blew up. She had money on board
(the plunder of Malta) to the amount of
six hundred thousand pounds sterling. The
masses of burning wreck which were scat-
tered by the explosion, excited for some
moments apprehensions in the English
which they had never felt from any other
danger. Two large pieces fell into the
main and foretops of the Swiftsure, without
injuring any person. A port-fire also fell
into the main-royal of the Alexander: the
fire which it occasioned was speedily extin-
guished. Captain Ball had provided, as
far as human foresight could provide,
against any such danger. All the shrouds
and sails of his ship, not absolutely neces-
sary for its immediate management, were
thoroughly wetted, and so rolled up, that
they were as hard and as little inflammable
as so many solid cylinders.
The firing recommenced with the ships
to leeward of the centre, and continued till
about three. At daybreak the Guillaume
Tell and the Généreuse, the two rear ships
of the enemy, were the only French ships
of the line which had their colours flying;
they cut their cables in the forenoon, not
having been engaged, and stood out to
sea, and two frigates with them. The Zeal-
ous pursued; but, as there was no other
ship in a condition to support Captain
Hood, he was recalled. It was generally
believed by the officers that, if Nelson had
not been wounded, not one of these ships
could have escaped; the four certainly
could not, if the Culloden had got into
action, and, if the frigates belonging to
the squadron had been present, not one of
the enemy's fleet would have left Aboukir
Bay. These four vessels, however, were
all that escaped; and the victory was the
most complete and glorious in the annals.