Agincourt Sound Revisited

By Michael Barritt, published May 2015


At the resumption of hostilities in 1803 after the Peace of Amiens, Vice-Admiral Lord Nelson, now commander-in-chief in the Mediterranean, renewed his interest in Sardinia as a logistical base for the blockade of Toulon. The story of the selection of an anchorage, known in the British fleet as Agincourt Sound, situated in the Maddalena Islands at the northern end of Sardinia, is explored. The related background and events are examined, and shown to be more complex than described by William James and other historians. They are also analysed for evidence of the evolution of front-line hydrographic data gathering and the supply of navigational intelligence to the Fleet during the wars of 1793–1815.

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Filed under: Nelson | Napoleonic War | Mediterranean
Subjects include: Navies | Science & Exploration

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