Naval Losses of Nations Allied with The Papacy. 1798 – 1806
Found in: Emerson’s Nineteenth Century Year by Year.
Battle of the Nile, August 1, 1798. “[Napoleon’s] French fleet of seventeen vessels that carried his army to Egypt was destroyed by Nelson.”
September 1798: French fleet of nine vessels fell into British hands off the coast of Ireland.
In 1799: The infant American fleet by the close of 1800 had captured or sunk ninety French Vessels, carrying more than seven hundred guns; and a great number of American vessels were retaken.
On the other hand, British navy had nearly doubled in strength with 800 vessels, and on land fighting strength had grown from 80,000 to half a million.
The French navy had been reduced by one-half and was still dwindling. By 1800 the tricolor had been chased from the seas by the combined efforts of British and American sailors.
In 1801, in a battle off Cadiz, two of the largest of Spain’s ships were lost, one was captured and the French St. Antoine was captured.
In 1803 in Haiti, the British took five fleeing French vessels, three frigates and seventeen merchant ships, and 8,000 men — all that was left of an expedition of 36,000 men.
In December, 1804, the British Nelson engaged four Spanish frigates, returning from the Americas, sinking one and capturing three with ten million dollars of treasure on board.
Trafalgar: Early on the morning of October 21, 1805, thirty three Spanish and French ships of the line, five frigates and two brigs, sailed for the Straits.
Nelson on the “Victory,” commanding twelve ships and Collingwood on the “Royal Sovereign” commanding fifteen ships opposed. Only five French ships got away, four of which were soon discovered and destroyed.
Napoleon issued the report that his ships had been lost in a storm. In fact the battle of Trafalgar at one stroke destroyed the sea power of France and Spain from which they never recovered to this day. The seas were British lakes for the next 100 years.
In 1806, the last remnants of the French navy were destroyed. In the bay of San Domingo two French ships were blown up and three surrendered.
Next the French Vice Admiral, with one ship of the line and a frigate, fell into British hands. Another ship of the line was lost off the Cape of Good Hope. French merchant shipping was devastated.
This period from 1798 to 1806 is taken by Historical interpreters to parallel the second bowl poured out on the Papal System and its allied nations. In this period as can be seen above the Nations allied with the Papacy lost their Naval power and have never regained it.
“And the second angel poured out his vial upon the sea; and it became as the blood of a dead man: and every living soul died in the sea. “