The site of this annihilating encounter was the western end of Aboukir Bay, east of Alexandria. close to Rosetta on the Nile delta. In the evening of 1 August 1798, Nelson sighted Brueys's ships there, Napoleon having disembarked the ‘Army of Egypt’ a month before. In a night action five British ships attacked from the landward side where the French were least prepared for action, and seven from seaward, led by Nelson in Vanguard. By midday on 2 August all but two of Brueys's ships had surrendered, at no British loss.
Subjects: Maritime History — British History.