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the Great Sailor
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French. The ruler of France was then the Emperor Napoleon. He wished to
make himself ruler of the whole world. With his armies Napoleon made
himself ruler over many lands, but he never ruled Britian. Why was this?
Britian was an island, and the ships of the British navy would not let
Napoleon and his In 1805 a great war was fought between the British and the
armies cross the sea. The greatest of all the British sailors at this time
was Horatio Nelson.
Nelson fought many times against the French ships. He was very brave,
and when the ship was in battle, he was always to be seen on desk, cheering
on his man. In one battle he was blinded in his right eye; in another he
lost his right arm; but he didn`t think of giving up.
Nelson was kind and just, as well as brave. Once, when he saw that a
young boy who had jast joined the ship was afraid to climb up the tall
masts, he cried out; « Сome along, I`ll race you to the top!» In the race
to be the first the boy forgot his fear.
“There, now,” said Nelson when the two were at the top, “that`s
nothing! You must learn to climb masts much higher than this!”
“Our Nel,” the man used to say, “is as brave as lion, and as gentle
as a lamb.”
Nelson`s great fight with the French was the battle of Trafalgar,
which was fought near Cape Trafalgar on the coast of Spain. Just as the
battle was about to begin, the signal flags were seen flying on the masts
of Nelson`s ship, the Victory. This was the signal which the British
sailors read: England Expects That Every Man This Day Will Do His Duty.
As the British ships bore down on the French line, the sailors
remembered Nelson`s message, and made up their minds to fight their hardest
for their brave leader.
Soon the battle was raging. The guns roared, ships crashed together
and masts struck by gunfire fell with a thud to the decks. Through the
noise and the smoke the captains and officers shouted their commands, the
sailors toiled at the guns and the ships` boys ran to and fro with powder
Nelson, on the Victory, was on deck as usual. His men could pick him out,
even through the smoke, by the four stars which shone upon his blue and
white coat. These four stars were the cause of his death. A man on one of
the enemy ships saw them and fired. Nelson was struck on the shoulder and
was carried below to die.
Already the British were winning the fight. Nelson heard cheer after
cheer from his men, as one enemy ship after another was captured. Before
long one of his officers brought word that the battle was won.
Two hours later the gallant sailor died. With his last breath he
said: “Thank God, I have done my duty!’
Admiral Horatio Nelson won several brilliant victories over the French
Navy near the coast of Egypt, at Copenhagen, and finally near Spain, at
Trafalgar, in 1805, where he destroyed the French-Spanish fleet . Nelson
was himself killed, but became one of Britain`s greatest national
heroes. His words before the battle of Trafalgar, “England Expects That
Every Man Will Do His Duty”, have remained a reminder of patriotic duty
in time of national danger.
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