Navy, is shot on the quarter deck of his
flag ship, H.M.S. VICTORY at the height of
the Battle of Trafalgar. He later dies from
the mortal bullet wound. Despite this loss,
the French and Spanish Fleets are roundly
defeated in this epic sea engagement of the
The Battle of Trafalgar, 1805
October 21st, off Cape Trafalgar, near Cadiz in Spain. The two most powerful fleets in the world engage to decide who will master
the waves, Britannia or Bonaparte? "Nelson
confides that every man will do his duty".
On the quarterdeck of the mighty British
flagship, HMS Victory, the battle rages as
England's most gifted Vice Admiral commands
a fleet off 33 warships. They smash through
the line of battle of the 33 French and Spanish
vessels under Vice Admiral Villeneuve, dividing
them into three segments. Nelson leads from
the front aboard his friend, Captain Hardy's
ship. Hardy stands over 6' tall. With more
than 100 guns and eight hundred crew, HMS
Victory is also a giant!
"Engage the enemy more closely"
orders Nelson. Cannon fire, grapeshot,
balls and deadly splinters of
all in their path. Victory's
wheel is smashed
to pieces, while the ship's officers
pace up and down in clear view
of the enemy.
John Scott (Nelson's secretary),
in two by a cannon ball. His
the sandy deck and his body parts
over the side. Hardy's silver
buckle is torn
from his left shoe. " This
is too warm
work Hardy, to last long"
Horatio Nelson Mortally Wounded
The ships are raked with gunfire
quarters, masts and rigging fall,
and Redoutable entangle side
by side and
exchange point blank gunfire.
to see his commander fall to
the deck on
the exact spot where Scott was
gold, bullion is torn from Nelson's
he has been shot through the
His spine is broken and he knows
not survive the fight.
Death of Nelson on H.M.S Victory
Napoleon's decisive victory against
and Russians at Austerlitz in
will overshadow this disastrous
sea but the Emperor's navy is
will never recover! The greatest
British naval history is won,
but a high
price is paid with the lost limbs
of naval officers, sailors, marines,
England's brightest son, Horatio.
(Nelson is quoted in speech marks)