On 21st October 1805, a British fleet under Admiral Lord Nelson defeated a combined Franco-Spanish fleet just off Cape Trafalgar in Spain. Nelson was killed during the action.
After the battle the 10-gun sloop HMS Pickle, under Lieutenant John Richards Lapenotiere, was chosen to bear the news of the victory, and Nelson's death, back to Britain. It arrived at Falmouth on 4th November, and Lieutenant Lapenotiere then travelled up to London by coach.
In 2005, as part of the bicentenery celebrations of the battle, his journey was recreated, and passed through my home town.
This vignette shows HMS Pickle about to embark on its journey back to Britain. Behind it is Nelson's flagship, HMS Victory, now preserved at Portsmouth and currently the oldest commisioned warship in the world.
Saturday, June 13, 2009
In a pickle
Kaptain Kobold presents the HMS Pickle and the Trafalgar Dispatch. Here's his description: