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John Richards Lapenotiere and HM Schooner Pickle and their Fifteen Minutes of Fame

By Peter Hore

Credit: NMM BHC2829 35-year old Lieutenant John Richards Lapenotiere had sailed to the Pacific but lacked ‘interest’; the origins of the Pickle are unclear; after rescuing Jeanette from the burning French Achille, they were chosen in the storm after the Battle of Trafalgar to carry Collingwood’s despatches to England. Lapenotiere sailed north for nine days, landing at Falmouth on 4 November 1805, and sped by post-chaise to London accomplishing… Read More

Filed under: Nelson | Atlantic | Napoleonic War | English Channel
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics

Lord Melville, the Admiralty and the Coming of Steam Navigation

By Peter Hore

  In the 1820s and early 1830s Robert Saunders Dundas, 2nd Lord Melville andFirst Lord of the Admiralty, and Admiral Sir Thomas Byam Martin, Comptroller/Controller of the Navy, executed a secret plan to buy up the latest steam engines. Knowing also that steam could not be introduced at sea until sufficient stockpiles of coal existed, particularly on the routes though the strategically important Mediterranean to India, they laid down dumps… Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | English Channel | Mediterranean | Other (Nineteenth C) | Indian Ocean | East India Company
Subjects include: Administration | Logistics


FELLOWS OF THE SOCIETY AS AT 1 November 2018 Alan Aberg BA FSA FRGS Richard Bateman MA Martin Bellamy BSc PhD Cdr John Bingeman CEng MIMechE RN Jonathan Coad MA FSA Malcolm Darch John David Davies MA PhD FRHistS Admiral Sir Kenneth Eaton GBE KCB Capt. Robert M. Eddleston OBE, RD* RNR Frank Lupton Fox Robert Gardiner Lt Cdr WJR Gardner MPhil FRHistS Rear Admiral James Goldrick AO, CSC, BA, MLitt, DLitt, RAN Professor Eric Grove MA PhD FRHistS… Read More

Obituary: Surgeon Vice-Admiral Sir James Watt KBE MD MS FRCP FRCS MRCS RNG FSA

By Hugh Murphy, Captain Peter Hore RN and Dr Pieter van der Merwe

Sir James Watt, one of three Hon. Vice-Presidents and former Medical Director-General of the Royal Navy, died in December 2009. Contributions to The Mariner’s Mirror included ‘Surgery at the Battle of Trafalgar: British and French Experiences’ in the May 2005 Bicentenary of Trafalgar special issue and an essay for the Centenary Issue, which was published after his death in February 2011. Following distinguished service during WWII, he rejoined… Read More

Filed under: Other (Twentieth C) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Biography

The Trafalgar Way 2018 Story Writing Competition

Credit: NMM BHC2829 The 1805 Club Trafalgar Way initiative is running a short story competition to commemorate Lieutenant Lapenotiere carrying the news of The Battle of Trafalgar from Falmouth to London. If you are between the ages of 7 and 21 on the 6th November 2018, you can become part of this epic tale by writing your own story about An Urgent Message, and be in with the chance of winning cash and other prizes. The stories will be judged… Read More

Nelson’s Band of Brothers: Event

To coincide with the recent publication of a bibliographic encyclopaedia of the officers who fought under Nelson’s tactical command at his three great battles: Nelson’s Band of Brothers: Lives and Memorials a reunion event for descendants of Nelson’s Band of Brothers is being held at The National Liberal Club in London on 22 September. NMM: PX9025 Also present will be the numerous distinguished contributors who wrote chapters for… Read More