ago Admiral Lord Nelson took the British Fleet out to
Trafalgar (a stretch of water near the coasts of Spain and
France, I believe) and beat Napoleon's French & Spanish
Fleets to a pulp, despite the british fleet being
outnumbered 3 to one. It was a decisive turning point for
England, for Napoleon had his sights on invading Britain and
making it part of France.
a brilliant thinker, and worked out a daring (untried up
till then) plan to meet the French &Spanish Armada in a
crafty way. Instead of facing them broad on, the way all
Navel battles had been fought for centuries, he came at them
as if he was going to do just that- but at the last minute
he directed his fast little ships to alter course and come
in just behind the rear (stern) of each of the enemy ships,
thus making it impossible for them to react with their
overpowering gun power.
signal Nelson sent (by flags) to his fleet was this.
"England expects every man to do his duty." He was
mortually wounded during the raging battle and died about
two hours later, but not before knowing that the enemy had
been beaten. after that, Napoleon decided he had
underestimated the Royal Navy, and scrapped his plans to
know, every ship has a Captain. No matter if there is an
admiral aboard or not. Hardy ordered that the crew empty a
large water barrel; and filling it with brandy captured from
the French, placed Nelson's body in it and sealed the lid.
Thus pickling him, until they reached Portsmouth three
months later, and Nelson was given a State Funeral that has
only been matched since by that of Winston Churchill and
looked upon as a national hero, and although they called it
the 'English' Navy (because it was funded by the King
himself from his own pocket) he and his trusty men -who
thought he was a brilliant leader- saved us all from eating
garlic and speaking French for ever more!
you have it. His ship, "H.M.S. Victory" is still in
commission in the Royal Navy, but of course it can no longer
put to sea or it would sink. It is permantly propped up with
English oak beams in its own dry dock in the Royal Naval
Dockyard in Portsmouth, and has a volunteer crew of retired
Royal Navy personnel looking after it.
aboard, and boy, those guys must have been small! The
clearance below decks is about four feet six inches!! I was
doubled up most of the time below decks, and I tell you
there is no way I could have survived in that crew, at six
feet five inches tall.
ship looks as good today as it was in Nelson's time, maybe
even better, for they spent around 5 Million GBP refitting
and refurbishing it over five years, back in the sixties.