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 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 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
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.