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'It is a charming sight, is it not, to see the great guns fire? And tonight you will see them in the dark, which is even finer. Lord, you should have seen the Nile! And Heard it! How happy you would have been!' (The Battle of the Nile, Thomas Luny, 1830, National Maritime Museum)

The Battle of the Nile began on this day in maritime history, 1 August The battle, also known as the Battle of Aboukir Bay, saw the British Royal Navy under Horatio Nelson prevail over the Navy of the French Republic in battle that concluded on 3 August.

The French Flagship L'Orient explodes at 10 o'clock at night at the height of the battle, effectively ending any chance of the French winning.

The Destruction of 'L'Orient' at the Battle of the Nile, 1 August 1798 - National Maritime Museum

Luny Thomas Battle Of The Nile August 1st 1798 At 10pm - Horatio Nelson, 1st Viscount Nelson - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Thomas Luny (Thomas Luny) Battle of the Nile, August 1798 at 10 pm Oil on canvas 1834

Mather Brown - Battle of the Nile - French ship Orient (1791) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Mather Brown - Battle of the Nile - French ship Orient - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

An engraved print showing a tightly packed line of 13 warships flying the French flag. The ships are firing on eight ships flying the British flag that are steadily approaching them from the right of the picture.

The Battle of the Nile. An engraved print showing a tightly packed line of 13 warships flying the French flag. The ships are firing on eight ships flying the British flag that are steadily approaching them from the right of the picture.

The Battle of the Nile, Thomas Luny, 1830, National Maritime Museum.

Thomas Luny - The Battle of the Nile, August 1798 - Fine Art Reproduction, individual art card

Battle of the Nile (Aug. 1, 1798), battle that was one of the greatest victories of the British admiral Horatio Nelson. It was fought between the British and French fleets in Abu Qir Bay, near Alexandria, Egypt.

Battle of the Nile (Aug. battle that was one of the greatest victories of the British admiral Horatio Nelson. It was fought between the British and French fleets in Abu Qir Bay, near Alexandria, Egypt.

Nelson was presented with the Chelengk by Sultan Selim III of Turkey after the Battle of the Nile in 1798.

Lord Nelson’s rotating gems recreated decades after original was stolen

Nelson was presented with the Chelengk by Sultan Selim III of Turkey after the Battle of the Nile in 1798.

The French Fleet of 13 ships of the line and 4 frigates carried 1,196 guns. The British Fleet of 13 ships of the line and one 50 gun ship carried 1,012 guns.

The beginning of the Battle of the Nile at Aboukir Bay, The French Fleet of 13 ships of the line and 4 frigates carried guns. The British Fleet of 13 ships of the line and one 50 gun ship carried guns.

Beloved father of Fiona loses battle with chronic illness CINCINNATI, OH (October 31, 2017) – The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden is mourning the death of 36-year-old Henry, father of the famous Fiona.  He had been struggling with health issues for months and had lost hundreds of pounds.  According to vet staff who had been carefully monitoring him, he took an obvious downward turn in the past few days and was weak and unsteady.  After an exam this morning, they...

Beloved father of Fiona loses battle with chronic illness CINCINNATI, OH (October 31, 2017) – The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden is mourning the death of 36-year-old Henry, father of the famous Fiona. He had been struggling with health issues for months and had lost hundreds of pounds. According to vet staff who had been carefully monitoring him, he took an obvious downward turn in the past few days and was weak and unsteady. After an exam this morning, they...

The Corporation of London presented this sword to Admiral Horatio Nelson with the Freedom of the City in 1800. The sword was produced to commemorate Nelson's victory over the French at the Battle of the Nile in 1798.

The Corporation of London presented this sword to Admiral Horatio Nelson with the Freedom of the City in The sword was produced to commemorate Nelson's victory over the French at the Battle of the Nile in ~Via Carol Seewer

Wars of the French Revolution: Battle of the Nile

Wars of the French Revolution: Battle of the Nile

The Battle of the Nile was fought on August 1798 during the French Revolutionary Wars and saw Rear Admiral Horatio Nelson destroy as French fleet.

The French ship Tonnant battling with HMS Majestic.  Other than Culloden, the only British ships seriously damaged in their hulls were Bellerophon, Majestic and Vanguard, while Bellerophon and Majestic were the only ships to lose masts: Majestic the main and mizzen and Bellerophon all three.

HMS Tonnant (French language: "Thundering") was an ship of the line of the Royal Navy. She had previously been the Tonnant of the Fre.

The rare and highly important "BATTLE OF THE NILE" sword together with it's companion Dirk, Captain Robert Cuthbert, Royal Navy, ca 1799. (PF #40 2005 )

The rare and highly important "BATTLE OF THE NILE" sword together with it's companion Dirk, Captain Robert Cuthbert, Royal Navy, ca