Sunday, October 21, 2007

Trafalgar Remembered

Today, 21 October 2007, is the 202nd anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar, where the British Fleet, under Admiral Lord Nelson, defeated the combined French-Spanish Fleet off Cape Trafalgar. It was a very important victory in the war against Napoleon. Admiral Nelson perished in the fight, aboard his flag ship HMS Victory.

I have a great passion for British history and British naval history, so I like to celebrate this day (It also happens to be my half-birthday, a coincidence which makes me very happy!).

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England expects that every man will do his duty.
You will find more on Trafalgar, Nelson, and the British Navy here.

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May the Great God, whom I worship, grant to my Country, and for the benefit of Europe in general, a great and glorious Victory; and may no misconduct in any one tarnish it; and may humanity after Victory be the predominant feature in the British Fleet. For myself, individually, I commit my life to Him who made me, and may his blessing light upon my endeavours for serving my Country faithfully. To Him I resign myself and the just cause which is entrusted to me to defend. Amen. Amen. Amen.
  • Nelson's Prayer, written in his diary before the Battle of Trafalgar commenced

2 comments:

Ms. Place said...

Kudos to you for remembering! Lovely post. I was always fascinated by the story between Lord Nelson and Lady Emma Hamilton.

Lady Jane said...

Thank you, Ms. Place! They did have a very interesting relationship. I actually have a couple of collectible plates featuring the couple.