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Posted By: Les from Hull
23-Oct-09 - 03:55 PM
Thread Name: It's Trafalgar Day... (21 October 2009)
Subject: RE: It's Trafalgar Day... (21 October 2009)
Nelson wasn't blind in one eye. He was temporarily blinded in one eye in 1793, but his sight returned. The Admiralty disallowed his claim for compensation.

He was self-seeking and self-aggrandising. He dumped his wife to take up with a former prostitute who was married to a much older man. Polite society shunned them both. I know that this isn't the popular view of Nelson, but Britain has had much more worthy naval heroes. His victories were won by having better captains and better crews than the enemy. There was very little a fleet commander can do the affect the outcome of a battle in those days once it had started.
His tactics at Trafalgar turned out favourably, but were quite a risk, in that he voluntarily 'crossed his own T' in light winds. Still it's often better to have a lucky commander than a skillful one!