Admiral Nelson and Captain Hardy during Trafalgar
During the Battle of Trafalgar on 21 October 1805, it was shortly before Nelson was mortally wounded that a shot struck the fore brace bits on the quarter deck and passed between Nelson and Hardy. Both stopped and looked anxiously at each other then Nelson smiled and said, 'This is too warm work, Hardy, to last long'. This illustration represents the point at which he said those words during the battle.
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HMS 'Implacable', 1920
Photograph of HMS 'Implacable', formerly the 'Duguay-Trouin', 1920. This ship was built in France in 1789, served at Trafalgar, and was captured by the Royal Navy shortly thereafter. After forty years active service, she became a boys training-ship at Devonport. In 1920 she was owned by Mr. G. Wheatly Cobb, who was hoping to use her as a training-ship for Sea Scouts, but the repair costs for this aged vessel were building up.
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Nelsons last signal at Trafalgar, 21 October 1805
At the Battle of Trafalgar on 21 October 1805, Nelson gives his famous last signal 'England expects that every man will do his duty'. He had said to his officers 'I must give the Fleet something by way of a fillip'. This last signal certainly buoyed the Fleet as there was an answering of enthusiastic cheering and England went on to win the battle though Nelson lost his life that day. This reproduction is from the original painting by Thomas Davidson.
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