Trafalgar 21 October 1805

#3
Thanks for the tip, have taken note. Sir Admiral Lord Nelson was by far the greatest Naval Commanders ever. And see his legend in some legends of US Navy history. Like Admiral Nimitz and the battle of Midway in the pacific World War 2.
 
#8
No worries mate. I'll just put that back in. Was just thinking about the implications for America had Sir Admiral Lord Nelson been still in command less than a decade later, (1812-14). Think our US Navy would have been in Davey Jones' locker! Just my opinion.
 
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Stripey_G said:
Served on the Victory in '69...that's 1969..so didn't actually meet Nelson!....but what a fine ship!!.....
The ship has an intimidating appearance in itself, well built and armed like a floating fortress.
 
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Leatherneck said:
Stripey_G said:
Served on the Victory in '69...that's 1969..so didn't actually meet Nelson!....but what a fine ship!!.....
The ship has an intimidating appearance in itself, well built and armed like a floating fortress.
Was in her time of course Leatherneck...but today she's not "herself"..was interesting to find out how much she is not the original ( of course)...but did like the idea that she had "stern chasers" mounted aft for tactical retreat!!..
 

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#12
thingy said:
Stripey_G said:
Served on the Victory in '69...that's 1969..so didn't actually meet Nelson!....but what a fine ship!!.....

You only missed him by 136 years...... :confused:
I'm confused too, Thingy. Nelson died in 1805, and Stripey_G served on board HMS Victory in 1969.

1969 - 136 = 1833? 8O

(Btw, I served on board HMS Victory in 1989, the last year that RN Ratings were employed full-time as tour guides... happy days! RN personnel are still serving on board today, of course, but their primary role is QM) :wink:
 
#13
I was always keen on Battleships both modern and historical. For me, the modern battleship was floating artillery support of the best kind! The historical battleships, such as Admiral Nelson's is an artistic master piece as well as a super fortress, well designed and well built. A sight to behold. My opnion again.
 
#15
While at NS Rota (Spain) in 1990 three of us were out in a rental car.. Stopped by Trafalgar on the way south.. Hoisted a cold Cervaza Mahou and saluted out to sea.. A great man leading great men..

We kept out toast pretty quiet upon our return.. NS Rota is also a fleet facility for the present day Armada..
 
#19
I've always liked and even now prefer C.S Forester's 'Hornblower' series to Mr Cornwall's efforts, but my all time favourite is 'Brown on Resolution' by the same author. One man (Royal Navy AB) and a rifle against a German Battleship, I won't spoil it and tell you who wins.
Give me that (Or a George MacDonald Fraser 'Flashman' RIP) and a glass (Or twa) of Malt and I'm away laughing.
NZB
 
#20
Speaking of George MacDonald Fraser, I have a copy of one of his books called 'Quatered Safe Out Here" the title being of the name-sake poem by Rudyard Kipling (Gunga Din). Good book about the British Army in Burma World War 2.

've a copy of Gunga Din and always thought of Rudyard as a 'soldiers' poet.
 

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