The place: out to sea, off Cape Finisterre
The date: 3 May 1747
The Royal Navy capture France’s finest 74-gun warship L’Invincible. The Royal Navy sail her under a new name, HMS Invincible and her new flag, the Union Jack. They measure and draw every inch of her and make a full set of plans. The Royal Navy use these plans to build new, faster 74-gun ships, with a few British changes.
The place: out to sea, off Cape Trafalgar
The date: 21 October 1805
The Royal Navy use 16 of these faster 74 gun ships to fight the French under Admiral Horatio Nelson. Using French secrets to fight the French.
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