Telegraph: "Frenchmen And Landlubbers: The Battlers Of Trafalgar"

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Bruno Pappalardo, naval expert at the National Archives, added: “Not only was the fleet very cosmopolitan, it also wasn’t as highly skilled as is perceived. That has been part of the Nelson myth, that this was a crack fleet.”
"Wasn’t as highly skilled as is perceived"? It would be interesting to know the basis of that, no doubt out of context, assertion. Surely it's not implying that foreigners and chaps not from the seaside are crap mariners?
 

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