Admiralty Signal Code

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    Andrew Bond
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      Can anyone direct me to a reliable guide, on-line if possible, to the signal book used at the time of Trafalgar? I can find several references for Popham’s code but not for the then current Admiralty code. Specifically can anyone advise the meaning of 314, as in Victory’s log entry of Sunday October 27th “At Daylight saw the Royal Sovereign in the N.E. with signal 314 flying”?

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      Sam Willis
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        Andrew, This is from Sim Comfort, the knowledge on this type of thing: ‘I have the needed Signal Book and 314 stands for ‘The ship is in distress and requires to be assisted immediately.”

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        Andrew Bond
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          Many thanks to both Sam and Sim.

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