'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.

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

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

On a choppy sea, a large warship burns out of control. The central ship is flanked by two other largely undamaged ships. In the foreground two small boats full of men row between floating wreckage to which men are clinging.

George Arnald, 'The Destruction of L'Orient at the Battle of the Nile'

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’ (caused by the explosion of her powder magazine) at the Battle of the Nile, 1 August George Arnald, (via National Maritime Museum)

THE BATTLE OF THE NILE - 1798. Plan illustrating a line of shoals running roughly north to south. Following the direction of the shoal is a line of 13 large blue "ship" symbols, with two more large symbols and four smaller ones inside this line. Clustered around the head of the "ship" line are 14 red ship symbols, with tracks showing their movements during the engagement.

Map of ship positions and movements during the Battle of Aboukir Bay, August British ships are in red; French ships are in blue. Intermediate ship positions are shown in pale red/blue.

The Battle of the Nile began on this day in maritime history, 1 August 1798. 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 and mizzen and Bellerophon all three.

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 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

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.

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

Fry's Chocolate "Days of Nelson" (series of 25 issued in 1906) #9 The Battle of the Nile, Aboukir Bay 1798

Fry's Chocolate "Days of Nelson" (series of 25 issued in The Battle of the Nile, Aboukir Bay 1798

The Battle of the Nile at the moment the French Flagship L'Orient exploded

Admiral Nelson's victory over the French Fleet on August 1798 that made him a household name throughout Europe

The Battle of the Nile 1 August 1798 End of the Action  Thomas Whitcombe National Maritime Museum

The Battle of the Nile 1 August 1798 End of the Action Thomas Whitcombe National Maritime Museum

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.

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