Nelson’s Frigates, May to August 1798

By M K Barritt, published August 1972


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Nelson’s lack of frigates in the period up to and including the Battle of the Nile has been a matter of controversy since he expressed his own frustration in forceful terms. Some have blamed St. Vincent for failing to allocate adequate numbers to Nelson’s squadron and others have criticised Captain Hope of Alcmene for decisions that resulted in frigates remaining separated from Nelson. The author contends, on the basis of a detailed study of ships’ logs and other sources, that St. Vincent did all that was within his power to supply Nelson with frigates and that Hope acted for the most part in accordance with the information he had available.

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Filed under: Nelson | French Revolution | Mediterranean
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Navies | Strategy & Diplomacy

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