|01||03||The Attack On Porto Bello||20031210|
By Martyn Wade, and performed by Stephen Noonan.
In 1739, Admiral Vernon and just six British ships took the Spanish silver town of Porto Bello in present day Panama.
The war against the Spanish, that had been prompted by the savage severing of a merchant's ear, was popular at home but left awful casualties among the British sailors.
With commentary from historians Richard Harding and Michael Duffy.
The last programme in the series of personal eyewitness accounts of great naval battles remembers the dramatic events of 200 years ago when Nelson met the French at Trafalgar off the Spanish coast.
Carter, the surgeon's mate on the Victory is below decks as the battle begins at last, recollecting a strange premonition-laden dream.
With David Bamber as Carter and historical commentary from Andrew Lambert and Colin White