Lord Nelson’s reputation as one of the greatest naval minds of the Napoleonic Era is not a modern invention. He was considered a hero during his lifetime, long before Trafalgar, to the extent that many of his personal effects “attained the status of relics” while he was alive. Many of those personal effects survive to this day and are part of the National Maritime Museum’s collection. This includes, rather morbidly, the clothing in which he died.
From The Naval Chronicle, Vol. XIV, July to December 1805 The operations of the grand naval army second, in the Atlantic, those of the grand imperial army in Germany. The English fleet is annihilated! Nelson […]
From the Gazeta de Madrid. London, November 26th (1805) In society, at the theatre and places of entertainment, at balls, all the ladies in evening dress wear cypress in their head-dress in memory of Lord […]
This piece by Peter Warwick of The 1805 Club describes his discovery of one of the most extraordinary artifacts of naval history recently found: the only known Napoleonic era naval lieutenant’s uniform!