Archive Results For: Nelson

Note: The Nelson Letters Project

By Colin White

A further selection of previously unpublished letters written by Nelson. Read More

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

Note: St Katherine’s Church, Milford Haven – L’Orient Truck and other Nelsoniana

By Philip Hancock

This tells the history of Nelson’s connection with the estate at Milford Haven and explains the presence of the ‘pomme de rotoute’ in the church. Read More

Filed under: Napoleonic War | Nelson | Other (location)
Subjects include: Miscellaneous

Documents: Nelson and the Forest of Dean

By courtesy of Roger Knight

The idea of a meeting in August 1802 between Nelson and the timber merchant John Bowsher, in which they sorted out the shortage of oak timber for the navy, is an attractive one, but it is very wide of the mark. In this letter he puts forward simple, eminently sensible suggestions for bringing the Forest […] Read More

Filed under: Nelson | Other (Eighteenth C) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Administration | Logistics | Navies | Shipbuilding & Design

Note: Horatio Nelson and Lady Hamilton’s Twins

By Leslie Edwards

Whether or not Lady Hamilton did in fact bear twins is examined, and the case dismissed. Read More

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

Note: Lord Nelson and John Bowsher

By Mike Baker

The shortage of timber for the dockyards which resulted from Lord St Vincent’s attack on the timber merchants’ cartel caused deep concern, and Nelson’s visit to Monmouth appears to have solved the problem. Read More

Filed under: Nelson | Napoleonic War | Other (location)
Subjects include: Miscellaneous

Latouche-Tréville: the Admiral who Defied Nelson

By Rémi Monaque

Latouche-Tréville’s career in the French Navy from 1758 was interspersed with periods in other employments. The republican government promoted him Rear-Admiral in 1793, but he was then imprisoned for a year and remained unemployed until reinstated by Bonaparte in 1800. In August 1801, when commanding at Boulogne, he repulsed two attempts by Nelson to destroy […] Read More

Filed under: Nelson | Atlantic | Napoleonic War | English Channel | French Revolution | Mediterranean
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Biography

Just Four Flags? The Commercial Code of Signals for the Use of all Nations

By Julian P. Jellie

During the nineteenth century, naval signalling developed from its chaotic origins into an internationally recognised code, capable of exchanging thousands of different pre-determined messages and – by spelling individual words – an infinite variety of free-format conversations. In the early nineteenth century the rapidly expanding merchant fleets started to take an interest and by the […] Read More

Filed under: Nelson | Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Lifesaving & Coastguard | Merchant Marines | Navies | Science & Exploration

Where Nelson Died: an Historical Riddle Resolved by Archaeology

By Peter Goodwin

Many readers will have visited HMS Victory in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and seen the place where Nelson died, suitably rigged as a place of veneration. But is that really the spot where Nelson breathed his last? Peter Goodwin has brought an archaeologist’s discipline to this question. Through the study of contemporary sketches and paintings and […] Read More

Filed under: Napoleonic War | Nelson | Atlantic
Subjects include: Archaeology | Historic Vessels, Museums & Restoration | Navies | Shipbuilding & Design

British Naval Intelligence and Bonaparte’s Egyptian Expedition of 1798

By Michael Duffy

Reflects on responsibilities of naval commander in Mediterranean at end of 18th century. Considers difficulty of obtaining intelligence of French naval actions and intentions; time taken to get reports from Italy or central Europe to London; to evaluate them within the wide range of possibilities; effects of threats closer to home on evaluation and time […] Read More

Filed under: Nelson | French Revolution | Mediterranean
Subjects include: Strategy & Diplomacy

An Aid to Nelson’s Victory? A Description of the Harbour of Aboukir 1798

By Tom Malcomson

A re-opening of the ever contentious debate of ‘did Nelson have any prior intelligence concerning the anchorage surrounding the French fleet at Aboukir in 1798?’ To lunge into battle in an unfamiliar bay in a failing light would have been extremely risky even courting disaster. Alternatively, if Nelson did have a sketch of the bay […] Read More

Filed under: Nelson | French Revolution | Mediterranean
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics

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