A Statement of Facts for John Clerk, Esq of Eldin, Author of the Naval Tactics
A reprint of a pamphlet first printed after about 1806 setting out the case for John Clerk, author of the Naval Tactics, as originator of the naval tactic of cutting the line and directing the whole force of a fleet against an inferior portion of the adverse fleet. His work was instrumental in informing successful battle plans from Rodney through to Nelson’s sailing instructions at Trafalgar. Adoption of his ideas allowed the British to bring the French to effective battle and prevent them avoiding battle by sailing away, thus allowing the superiority of the British seaman to decide the day. Letters in support of the role played by Mr Clerk and his ideas in forming such battle plans are appended.