Nelson swallowed his pride and accepted the assignment, but he saw difficulties ahead. He knew that time was of the essence: the faster the navy moved, the less the Danes had a chance to set up defenses. The warships were ready to leave, but Parker’s motto was “Everything is in order.” Rushing is not his style. Nelson hated his improvisation and plunged into action: he reviewed intelligence reports, studied maps, and devised a detailed plan to fight the Danes. He wrote to Parker, asking him to seize this initiative. Don’t tell me what to do Cat Poster. Parker ignored it. Finally, on March 11, the British fleet set out. However, instead of heading to Copenhagen, Parker anchored quite far north of the city’s port and convened a meeting of captains. According to intelligence reports, he explained, the Danes had prepared solid defenses in Copenhagen. Enemy boats were anchored in the harbor, the river port in the north and south, and battles with mobile artillery could send British troops into the sea.