Five months later Nelson was nearly captured in a skirmish with a Spanish treasure ship at Teneriffe, he was badly wounded and had his right arm amputed.. As soon as he recovered he took command of the Vanguard (74 guns) and rejoined Jarvis off the Spanish coast.
Nelson orders were to destroy the French fleet assembled at Toulin, but they escaped. Nelson. caught them up at Aboukir Bay where their troops had already landed, ina night he destryed fifteen out of the seventeen French ships, the French commander Brueys was on the L'Orient when she blew up. This ended Napoleons chances and made Nelson a Baron, the following year the King of Naples made him Duke of Bronte.
The British Minister Hamilton in the court of Naples had an attractive wife and Nelson became infactuated by her, this was the start of a relationship which resulted in their having a daughter Horatia. Nelson health was again under stress and he returned to Britain in November 1800 and landed at Great Yarmouth with his fleet.