"Our victory was now complete, and we prepared to take possession of our prizes; but the elements were unfavourable to us…the gale abated, thirteen of our fleet got safe to Cadiz; the other twenty have, no doubt, gone to some other port….
Our loss was trifling….
however we lament the absence of Admiral Villeneuve, whose ardour carried him beyond the strict bounds of prudence…."
That was a French report of the encounter and you thought spin doctors where a new phenonoma …! From memory Villeneuve committed suicide to escape the wrath of Emporer Napoleon.