Battle of Trafalgar log offers insight into Nelson's victory





New light has been shed on the greatest battle in British naval history after a rare eye-witness account by one of its heroes was uncovered.

William Hargood was captain of HMS Belleisle, which was at the heart of the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805 when Admiral Lord Nelson defeated the Franco-Spanish fleet.

Around a quarter of his vessel's men were killed or injured as they staged an often lone fight against the enemy before finally being "dismasted".

Now what is believed to be Hargood's own log of the battle is up for auction after being discovered gathering dust in a loft of a house in Loughborough, Leics.



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