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Thomas Foley (The River of Defeat)

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Thomas Foley
Thomas Foley
Biography
Born: 1757
Died: August 3, 1798
Allegiance: Flag of the United KingdomUnited Kingdom
Service/Branch: Naval Ensign of the United Kingdom Royal Navy
Rank: Flag-captain
Awards: Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath
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Admiral Sir Thomas Foley was a Royal Navy officer and is known for his brave act during the Battle of the Nile, when he rammed his his ship, the HMS Goliath, into the side of the Aquilon. The act took both ships to the bottom, but opened up an gap for the remainder of the British fleet to escape from the battle and retreat back to England.

In 1928, an Egyptian fishermen stumbled upon the wreckage of the Goliath and Aquilon. He immeaditly reported it to the French garrison in Abu Qir, who sent an excevation team to the location. When the two ships were raised, the Aquilon had an hole in its side, and the Goliath was missing its bow and masts. The wreckage of the Aquilon was sent to Marseille and the wreckage of the Goliath was sent to Port Elizabeth in New Britain.

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