Ahoy there Fellow Adventurers!
Welcome to another quick installment of the ‘Maddie Templeton’s Maritime History’ series.
On this day in 1758 an English national hero was born, none other than Vice-Admiral Horatio Nelson (1st Viscount Nelson, 1st Duke of Bronté) – Yes him, that bloke off the column!
An outstanding sailor and commander, he is most remembered for sticking it to the Franco-Spanish fleet at the Battle of Trafalgar where, aged only 47, he was also sadly killed, having been mortally wounded by a French sniper.
Famously brought back in the barrel of brandy, his body was interred at St Pauls Cathedral, within a sarcophagus originally carved for Cardinal Wolsey.
So please join us in raising a glass or two of rum, as we drink to the memory of Nelson, and wish him a happy 261st birthday!
Farewell my Friends!