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    During this period Smith was developing the use of what the Navy called ‘infernals’; unconventional weapons such as Congreve’s rockets and Fulton’s torpedoes and mines. He was to plan an attack with these on Boulogne as a prelude to joining Nelson for an attack on Cadiz. However, the Battle of Trafalgar took place before Smith arrived. He was therefore sent to join Collingwood but without the ‘infernals’ as Collingwood disapproved of this type of ‘un-English’ warfare. See ‘A Thirst for Glory, The life of Admiral Sir Sidney Smith by Tom Pocock (Chapter 7).
    Ray Aldis, The Nelson Society.