Richard Awdrey, Gloucestershire, to Sun Tel Letters 20.10.13: “A friend of mine, whose ancestor was admiral of the fleet, always said that Nelson was a great sailor, although not immensely superior to the French. He put Nelson’s triumphs down to Napoleon’s insistence on supporting home industry by using Corsican pine for building his ships. French cannonballs thudded into the flanks and decks of the British oak vessels and stuck like raisins in pudding. English cannonballs smashed the pine decks and walls of the French ships producing huge splinters that sliced into the crew like spears. The poor men on the gun decks didn’t stand a chance.”

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