Who crossed who at Trafalgar? It's true that Nelson's two columns approached the Franco/Spanish line at right angles but then when Nelson's ships broke through they were capping the French and Spanish in a tactic then called raking (firing along the length of the target ship with the target only able to fight back with its bow or stern chasers). Nelson's ships took quite a bit of damage during their approach but made up for it after they broke the enemy line. I wonder what would have happened if French and Spanish gunnery had been up to British standards. The lack of rotating turrets may have had something to do with it as well. Many of the French and Spanish ships could not bring their guns to bear because they had limited ability to fire off beam.Every time that I read about the advantage of "crossing the T", I am reminded how Nelson was hailed as a tactical genius at the Battle of Trafalgar. Go figure.