NELSON'S TRAFALGAR MEDALLION - 21 October 1805

 

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GREAT LEADERSHIP

 

The medal shown below was struck to commemorate the remarkable career of one of England's greatest ever naval commanders.

 

The war between England and Napoleonic France began in 1793.  Admiral Horatio Nelson was given command of 'Agamemnon', a sixty gunner and appointed to Lord Hood's fleet.  There followed an exceptionally active career with several distinctions, until in May 1803, Nelson, now a vice admiral of the Blue was appointed to the command of the Mediterranean Fleet with his flag in H.M.S. 'Victory'.  

 

On 21st October 1805 the last great action of the days of sail was fought out in the historic waters off Cape Trafalgar.  27 British ships faced 33 French and Spanish.  Nelson won an annihilating victory, the battle beginning with the hoisting of the most famous signal in British naval history: "England expects every man will do his duty."  

 

 

 

Horatio Viscount Nelson Duke of Bronte

 

 

THE BATTLE OF TRAFALGAR

 

On the 21st October 1805 the combined French and Spanish fleets fought the British off Cape Trafalgar near the Spanish port of Cadiz.  Nelson had arrived on the 29th September in his flagship, Victory, to take command of the British fleet. 

 

During the battle the English lost no ships but took twenty from the French and Spanish.  Nelson was mortally wounded by a shot from the French ship Redoubtable.  Nelson's tomb can be seen at St Paul's Cathedral in London and his flagship, Victory, can be seen at the historic dockyard art Portsmouth.

 

 

 

England expects every man will do his duty

 

 

 


 

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