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Gary Morgan
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    I am currently going through Broadley & Bartelot’s ‘Three Dorset Captains at Trafalgar; Thomas Hardy, Charles Bullen, Henry Digby’ printed in 1906, and came across a reference that resonated with this post. At page 140 there is a reference taken from Midshipman Roberts remark book in which he says that on 19 October 1805 “Employed on board the Victory getting up a thousand shot on each deck, stowing chests, etc. etc., clearing for action”.

    If correct, and the Midshipman’s remark book seems to be generally taken as so, then she had enough shot on deck from the outset, in general terms that is depending on actual number of broadsides per deck fired, the issue then becomes where they were stored. Obviously there are shot around the coamings, and the use of shot garlands, but at 30 rounds per gun that seems a lot. But I suppose if you use the triangular garlands they can take 10 shot each stacked pyramidal fashion, so perhaps not so unrealistic.

    Gary