Lieutenant-Colonel John Drinkwater (1762–1844), an army officer, was on board the Minerva, bearing Commodore Nelson's pennant, after the British evacuation from Corsica, when they found themselves in the middle of the Spanish fleet. Having been transferred to another ship, and Nelson to the Captain, Drinkwater thus became an eyewitness of the Battle of St Vincent, 14 February 1797. He made sketches of the positions of the fleet during the battle, that were subsequently praised for their accuracy by naval officers. His Narrative was originally published the same year, but reissued in 1840 with the addition of anecdotes of Nelson, to raise funds for a Nelson testimonial. The original aim of the work was to give due credit to the officers, particularly Nelson, to whom it was felt that Admiral Sir John Jervis had not given sufficient recognition for their part in his most significant victory.
|Publisher:||Cambridge University Press|
|Series:||Cambridge Library Collection - Naval and Military History|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.40(d)|
Table of Contents
Preface; Narrative of the Battle of St. Vincent; Appendix.