History Awesome / HoratioHornblower

4th Nov '16 1:40:47 PM LtFedora
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* The introduction of the British Army in "The Frogs and the Lobsters." The French soldiers arrive at the dock, looking all disheveled and demoralized. Then the redcoats arrive, looking every bit the professional soldiers that they are. "Look out for the lobsters!" indeed.
6th May '16 9:53:24 AM AFP
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** The book opens with Hornblower being held prisoner in a Spanish port, where he is able to witness English ships launch a daring raid into the harbor, finishing off the ship that Hornblower had previously crippled.
15th Oct '14 4:57:48 PM maxwellsilver
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* ''Ship of the Line'': [[spoiler:Hornblower's HeroicSacrifice of his ship. He manages to cripple three out of the four French ships before he had to surrender (and the forth ship had to keeps its pumps running round the clock following the battle).]]

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* ''Ship of the Line'': [[spoiler:Hornblower's HeroicSacrifice of his ship. He manages to cripple three out of the four French ships before he had to surrender (and the forth fourth ship had to keeps its pumps running round the clock following the battle).]]
15th Oct '14 12:02:34 AM maxwellsilver
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* ''Ship of the Line'': [[spoiler:Hornblower's HeroicSacrifice of his ship. He manages to cripple three out of the four French ships before he had to surrender (and the fifth ship had to keeps its pumps running round the clock following the battle).]]

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* ''Ship of the Line'': [[spoiler:Hornblower's HeroicSacrifice of his ship. He manages to cripple three out of the four French ships before he had to surrender (and the fifth forth ship had to keeps its pumps running round the clock following the battle).]]
7th Jul '14 7:14:54 PM eowynjedi
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* In "Even Chance", Horatio, in charge of a captured French ship, rescues the ''Indefatigable'' with a ploy so sudden and brutal that Pellew actually ''feels sorry for the enemy.''

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* In "Even Chance", Horatio, in charge of a captured French ship, rescues the ''Indefatigable'' with from three French corvettes by not running down the French colors. And then one of his shots hits a ploy so sudden and brutal that corvette's powder magazine. Pellew actually ''feels sorry for the enemy.''



* Hornblower's examination for lieutenant in "The Fire Ships" starting from the time the examining board takes note of the cannon shot. [[spoiler:Climbing on a wooden ship ''full of fire'' and steering it away from your home ship more than makes up for his utter failure at the hypothetical problem posed to him in the ''actual'' exam.]]

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* Hornblower's examination for lieutenant in "The Fire Ships" starting from the time the examining board takes note of the cannon shot. [[spoiler:Climbing on a wooden ship ''full of fire'' and steering it away from your his home ship more than makes up for his utter failure at the hypothetical problem posed to him in the ''actual'' exam.]]
13th Jun '14 7:31:31 PM eowynjedi
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* Many in ''Lieutenant Hornblower''. Of note are Hornblower's ability to [[GuileHero maneuver]] his superiors into attacking the fort, figuring out how to heat cannonballs, and [[spoiler:leading the [[BigDamnHeroes boarding party]] to recapture the ''Renown'' after it has been taken over by the Spanish]].

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* Many in ''Lieutenant Hornblower''. Of note are Hornblower's ability to [[GuileHero maneuver]] his superiors magnificently--after the [[InsaneAdmiral Captain Sawyer's]] accidental-or-not fall, he convinces the indecisive and timid Buckland to open the secret orders and attack the Spanish fort. When the first attempt fails terribly and he's called into attacking a war council in the fort, figuring middle of the night, he configures a second plan within minutes; it succeeds brilliantly and the fort is taken with hardly any British casualties. Once there, he figures out how to [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heated_shot heat cannonballs, cannonballs]] without any prior experience and [[spoiler:leading ''then'' devises a way to put a ship's cannon up a cliff to threaten the escaping Spanish ships, which results in their unconditional surrender. And, to round it all off, leading the [[BigDamnHeroes boarding party]] to recapture the ''Renown'' after it has been taken over by the Spanish]].Spanish prisoners.
15th Mar '14 3:45:11 AM maxwellsilver
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** Second time, an open battle, spread over two days, between the 28-gun ''Lydia'' and the 44-gun ''Natividad''. After the first round, both ships, severely damaged, drift apart. Within one day, Hornblower has his ship fit for battle again and by anticipating his opponent's thinking, manages to find the other ship again. Then, as the ''Lydia'' has to be pulled into battle by her boats in a dead calm and under fire, he has his crew dance the hornpipe to keep morale up. Once they are close enough to return fire, [[CurbStompBattle the ''Natividad'' is sunk within an hour]].

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** Second time, an open battle, spread over two days, between the 28-gun 36-gun ''Lydia'' and the 44-gun 50-gun ''Natividad''. After the first round, both ships, severely damaged, drift apart. Within one day, Hornblower has his ship fit for battle again and by anticipating his opponent's thinking, manages to find the other ship again. Then, as the ''Lydia'' has to be pulled into battle by her boats in a dead calm and under fire, he has his crew dance the hornpipe to keep morale up. Once they are close enough to return fire, [[CurbStompBattle the ''Natividad'' is sunk within an hour]].
17th Feb '14 2:10:40 PM LBHills
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* ''Ship of the Line'': [[spoiler:Hornblower's HeroicSacrifice of his ship. He manages to cripple four out of the five French ships before he had to abandon ship (and the fifth ship had to keeps its pumps running round the clock following the battle).]]

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* ''Ship of the Line'': [[spoiler:Hornblower's HeroicSacrifice of his ship. He manages to cripple four three out of the five four French ships before he had to abandon ship surrender (and the fifth ship had to keeps its pumps running round the clock following the battle).]]
20th Nov '13 8:49:35 PM AFP
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-->'''Bush:''' ''[[BattleCry Renowns!]]'' We're taken!
14th Sep '13 12:13:43 AM sablesword
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** Earlier, Hornblower having the ''Sutherland'' tow the flagship ''Pluto'' out of danger, in the middle of a storm that had just dismasted the ''Pluto.''
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