The volume includes a manuscript plan of Oran and Mers El Kébir, Algeria, in the hand of Edward Soper, Master of HMS Tonnant. The journals of Frederick Hoffman, a Lieutenant on the Tonnant, record that the ship "anchored in Oran roads to procure bullocks for the squadron" in the summer of 1805, when she was part of the fleet stationed off Cadiz.
It seems that Tyler acquired this volume of charts from Captain William Brown, who had commanded HMS Ajax at the Battle of Cape Finisterre against the Combined Franco-Spanish fleet on their return from the Caribbean, on 22 July 1805. Brown failed to engage the fleet and consequently missed Trafalgar, as he was summoned back to England to explain his behaviour. According to Tyler family tradition, Captain Brown had a close relative on the Tonnant - a fifteen year-old midshipman from Plymouth, also called William Brown, who was killed at Trafalgar.
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