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Monday, October 17, 2005

Great Britons: One eye on the future

It seems Englands greatest hero wasn't only a fantastic tactitian and sailor. He was a bit of a visionary as well. Well as visionary as you can be with one eye.

HORATIO NELSON held secret talks at Downing Street on sinking Napoleon’s ships with submarines, mines and rockets, according to a newly unearthed record of the meeting. The plan involved towing the mines, referred to as “infernal machines”, across the Channel on high-speed catamarans and then detonating them beneath the French vessels.

The talks took place just weeks before Nelson boarded HMS Victory in September 1805 to sail to his death at the battle of Trafalgar, the bicentenary of which falls this Friday.

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