flag captain

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the captain of a flagship

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He was promoted and commanded several ships, finally joining Dreadnought as Collingwood's flag captain in 1804.
As Nicholas rockets through the sky on February 7, he will carry a small version of the Colonial Red Ensign - just like the flag Captain James Cook flew as he sailed off into the unknown on August 26, 1768 in his own famous Endeavour ship.
Heretofore, admirals had consulted no one--or at the very most had looked to a flag captain for a confirming nod of the head.
To begin with, Nelson was as prepared to flog his seamen as most other captains of the day (though not as much as his devoted flag captain, to whom he supposedly uttered the celebrated words, as he lay dying, "Kiss me, Hardy").
In 1793 France declared war on Britain and Collingwood was made flag captain later rising to Admiral and together with Nelson they shared their greatest day at Trafalgar against a combined French Spanish fleet on October 21st, 1805.
His Flag Captain, Edward Berry, recorded the process and concluded, 'With the masterly ideas of their Admiral, therefore, on the subject of Naval tactics, every one of the Captains of his Squadron was most thoroughly acquainted, and upon surveying the position of the Enemy, they could ascertain with precision what were the ideas and intentions of their Commander without the aid of further instruction, by which means signals became almost unnecessary.'