Friday, October 21, 2005

200 years

An anniversary:
"Stand to your guns!" at last came in a peal through the perfect stillness from the captain's speaking trumpet; it swept fore and aft with such clear force, as though it had been spoken within a foot of the ear, and seemed to dash down into the holds, and penetrate to the very keel. The instant change this produced was magical. "Take good aim! Ready the first platoon!" Ready? Aye, every one was ready; stern, fixed rigid in soul - pliant, elastic in body. "Captains of the guns, watch the falling of the first shot, and point accordingly." Not a word was replied; even the everlasting "ay, ay, sir" was refused now. - Charles Reece Pemberton, quoted in Nelson's Trafalgar: The Battle That Changed the World, by Roy Adkins


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