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

Lead: Napoleon's great dream came to an end off the coast of Spain.

Intro. : A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: Napoleon Bonaparte, the French Emperor, wanted to invade England. To do that he needed to clear the English Channel and he had a plan. His scheme was for the French navy to escape the British blockade, lose them mid-Atlantic and rush back to the English Channel. There they would protect the invasion flotilla staging at the port city of Boulogne on the French coast opposite Dover.