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Sara Cutler
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Does anyone know where Peter Warwick obtained the quote from in ‘Voices from the Battle of Trafalgar’ – as quoted above – page 213?
‘One of Redoutable’s fire-balls is reported as entering the powder screen on the quarter deck where it ’caused a destructive explosion on the main deck below. Had it not been for the presence of mind of the Master-At-Arms, John Toohig from Cork, quartered in the light room, the fire would have communicated to the after magazine, and probably have occasioned the loss not only of the TEMERAIRE but of the ships near her.’

The quote is almost exactly word for word identical to both ‘The Dispatches and Letters of Vice Admiral Lord Viscount Nelson with notes by Sir Nicholas Harris Nicolas, G.C.M.G. The Seventh Volume’ page 184,published Henry Colburn, London, in 1846 and its identical twin, ‘The Naval History of Great Britain…by William James.Volume IV’ page 63, published by Richard Bentley, London in 1837.
‘A stink-pot thrown from the Redoutable entered the powder-screen on the quarterdeck, and caused a destructive explosion upon the main deck. Had it not, indeed, been for the presence of mind of the master at arms, John Toohig, who was quartered in the light-room, the fire would have communicated to the after magazine, and probably have occasioned the loss of not only the Temeraire, but of the ships lashed to her.’ Both of these works appear in the first books bibliography.

The story of John Toohig appears in many histories with subtle variations, but so far the original source has eluded my sister and I.