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Vicki Singleton
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Trafalgar Heroes: Captain Thomas Masterman Hardy
Next to Lady Hamilton, Captain Hardy is probably the name
most associated with Nelson, chiefly for the famous “Kiss me, Hardy,” that,
according to William Beatty’s account of Nelson’s death, were among his last
words.    Sir Thomas Masterman Hardy, painted ...

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Trafalgar Heroes: Vice-Admiral Cuthbert Collingwood
History has somewhat overlooked Cuthbert Collingwood, second in command at the Battle of Trafalgar, hidden in the shadow of Nelson.  But he commanded the fleet off Cadiz until Nelson's arrival in September 1805, led from the fore and fired the first shots o...

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Trafalgar Heroes- Henry Blackwood of the Euryalus
On 15th September 1805, the Victory , with Nelson aboard, departed from Portsmouth.  Her log reads, September 14th AM, at 11.30 hoisted the Flag of the Right Honourable Lord Viscount Nelson KB.  Sunday 15th: 8. AM, weighed and made sail to the S.S.E.  Eurya...

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Trafalgar Heroes- Henry Blackwood of the Euryalus
On 15th September 1805, the Victory , with Nelson aboard, departed from Portsmouth.  Her log reads, September 14th AM, at 11.30 hoisted the Flag of the Right Honourable Lord Viscount Nelson KB.  Sunday 15th: 8. AM, weighed and made sail to the S.S.E.  Eurya...

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A Lost Diamond and 'Nelson'
A letter written by Nelson in December 1800 has recently sold at auction for £1700.  In it, Nelson talks about a lost diamond, and thanks the unknown recipient for the 'trouble' they have taken, perhaps in helping him find it. To unknown recipient London De...

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The Preservation of HMS Victory
Recently, the extent of the restoration and repair work needed to maintain the Victory have been reported, and it seems to be extensive - which shouldn't be surprising considering it is coming up to 250 years since she was launched.  The National Museum of ...

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Letter to Emma Hamilton sells for almost £24,000
A letter that Nelson wrote to Emma Hamilton shortly after the birth of their daughter, Horatia, has sold at auction at Christie's in London for £23,750. Perhaps responding to an accusation that he has been slack in corresponding with her, Nelson, writing fr...

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Is HMS Victory the Wrong Colour?
The black and orange stripes of HMS Victory, Nelson's flagship at Trafalgar, are iconic, but experts have discovered that the orange probably isn't the same shade as it was in Nelson's time. Originally, Victory had been a red colour, but Nelson had her, and...

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Nelson Letter for Sale
A letter written by Nelson to Thomas Lloyd in January 1798 has gone on sale, valued at £2000-£4000.  It was written only a few months after Nelson lost his right arm, but his left-handed writing was already clearly legible. January 29th 1798 My Dear Lloyd, ...

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The Battle of Trafalgar: The Logbook of the Euryalus, 21st October 1805
HMS Euryalus Monday, October 21st 1805 A.M. - At 12.30, set foresail.  At 4, out one reef of the topsails. 
Light breezes and hazy.  At daylight, the body of the enemy's fleet ESE
5 or 6 miles.  English fleet WSW.  At 8, observed the British
fleet for...
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