Lead: In the spring of 1805 Napoleon Bonaparte challenged British control of the seas. His scheme laid the foundation for his ultimate defeat.

Intro: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: If Napoleon Bonaparte was to control Europe, he had to destroy Britain and the French Emperor had not kept his intentions very secret. He was headed their way and so the British had stripped the southeastern counties of any supplies Napoleon might use after the invasion, trained nearly half a million volunteers, and set up fortifications all along the coast, but the Frenchman reasoned that he could handle all that if he could just get across the channel. To cross the channel he had to eliminate the British fleet.