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Vice-Admiral Lord Nelson

Public polls have shown that Nelson is, without doubt, the best known of all Britain’s great military commanders. His contribution to his country is also arguably the greatest as, with his final victory at Trafalgar where he defeated the combined Navies of the next two greatest naval powers of France & Spain, he ushered in the period of Pax Britannica that ensured that Britain ruled the waves for the next 100 years in order to become the greatest trading nation in the world. Trafalgar was just the last in a series of stunning naval victories by Nelson that include Battle of Cape St Vincent, Battle of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Battle of Copenhagen and his most complete victory at the Battle of the Nile.

Question: Everyone knows that Horatio Nelson was commanding the British Fleet at the Battle of Trafalgar when he was killed.  But, who was the Second-in-Command who took over command of the fleet during the battle upon the death of Nelson?

 Answer: Vice Admiral Cuthbert Collingwood

Question: Which Admiral led the British Royal Navy during the Battle of the Nile in 1798?

 Answer: Vice Admiral Lord Nelson