With the wind rising in a hard gale, the Fore- and Main- Topmen of the Bellerophon are at work sending down topgallant yards as the vessel plunges through a heavy sea. Their ship, known throughout the Royal Navy as the "Billy Ruffian", was a veteran of some of the fiercest sea battles in the long wars against France - from "The Glorious First of June" in 1793, the Battle of the Nile, 1798, to Trafalgar in 1805. And to crown her illustrious career, in the summer of 1815 the defeated Emperor Napoleon surrendered to Capt. Maitland on board the Bellerophon while she lay at anchor off Basque Roads.
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