The most significant battle in British naval history took place at walking pace, in light winds, with the great ships of the British opposing the combined Franco-Spanish fleets, all rolling slowly in the Atlantic Swell. The British line led by Nelson in Victory took six hours to get within range. As they, at last, approached the enemy line Temeraire began to overtake Victory. Nelson was not amused. “I’ll thank you, Captain Harvey, to take your proper station,” he shouted across to Temeraire.