Battle of the nile

'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.

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)

Opening of the Battle of the Nile on 1st August 1798 in the Napoleonic Wars: picture by Nicholas Pocock: buy this picture

Opening of the Battle of the Nile on 1st August 1798 in the Napoleonic Wars: picture by Nicholas Pocock: buy this picture

Nelson's captains at the Battle of the Nile on 1st August 1798 in the Napoleonic Wars

Nelson's captains at the Battle of the Nile on 1st August 1798 in the Napoleonic Wars

French Flagship L'Orient explodes at the Battle of the Nile on 1st August 1798 in the Napoleonic Wars

French Flagship L'Orient explodes at the Battle of the Nile on 1st August 1798 in the Napoleonic Wars

Admiral Brueys d’Aigalliers French commander killed at the Battle of the Nile on 1st August 1798 in the Napoleonic Wars: buy a picture of Admiral Brueys

Admiral Brueys d’Aigalliers French commander killed at the Battle of the Nile on 1st August 1798 in the Napoleonic Wars: buy a picture of Admiral Brueys

Service of thanksgiving held on HMS Vanguard after the Battle of the Nile on 1st August 1798 in the Napoleonic Wars: picture by William Heath: buy; this picture

Service of thanksgiving held on HMS Vanguard after the Battle of the Nile on 1st August 1798 in the Napoleonic Wars: picture by William Heath: buy; this picture

French Flagship L'Orient on fire at the Battle of the Nile on 1st August 1798 in the Napoleonic Wars: picture by John Thomas Serres

French Flagship L'Orient on fire at the Battle of the Nile on 1st August 1798 in the Napoleonic Wars: picture by John Thomas Serres

French Flagship L'Orient explodes at the Battle of the Nile on 1st August 1798 in the Napoleonic Wars

French Flagship L'Orient explodes at the Battle of the Nile on 1st August 1798 in the Napoleonic Wars

Admiral Lord Nelson returns to England after the Battle of the Nile on 1st August 1798 in the Napoleonic Wars: picture by Thomas Davidson

Admiral Lord Nelson returns to England after the Battle of the Nile on 1st August 1798 in the Napoleonic Wars: picture by Thomas Davidson

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