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

By Peter Hore, published May 2005

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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 the land part of his journey of nearly 300 miles in 37 hours.    Promoted as a reward, Lapenotiere enjoyed a brief career as a commander and post-captain;  Pickle was wrecked off Cadiz in 1808.

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

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