Lord Nelson tall ship seen passing Greenwich on May 26th, 2016
ACCESSIBLE tall ship Lord Nelson has sailed past maritime Greenwich on a visit to the capital.
The vessel, celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, was in London last month and was seen passing the Old Royal Naval College where, as Greenwich Hospital, Nelson recuperated following the loss of his arm.
Including the bowsprit, the ship is just a shade under 55 metres long and carries a crew of mixed ability sailors and has disabled access throughout including for wheelchair users.
While Lord Nelson was in London, the ship was moored at HMS President and received a visit from the Duke of York to help mark the anniversary.
Photo © National Maritime Museum
A RARE Union flag that was flown at the Battle of Trafalgar is joining the National Maritime Museum’s Nelson Gallery for the first time to mark Trafalgar Day.
The flag was flown from HMS Minotaur at Trafalgar in 1805 and taken back to Selling in Kent, near Faversham, by the Master’s Mate, Stephen Hilton.
Hilton died in 1872 and the flag was given to St Mary’s Selling by his descendants in the 1930s where it hung in the church’s Hilton Chapel until 1994 alongside an Austrian ensign captured from a Spanish warship at Trafalgar. The flags were later moved to the Canterbury Cathedral Treasury and have now both been acquired by the National Maritime Museum.
Since the acquisition of the Minotaur’s Union flag, the museum’s conservators have repaired a number of small holes and given it a thorough clean and now, 210 years since the Battle of Trafalgar, it goes on display from today at the dedicated Nelson, Navy, Nation gallery at the National Maritime Museum.
The only other known surviving Union flag from Trafalgar was flown from HMS Spartiate and sold at auction in 2009 to a private collector for £384,000.
Thank you to Sue from the Friends of East Greenwich Pleasaunce for details of this year’s Trafalgar Day event.
On Saturday 24th October there will be a Trafalgar Day Act of Remembrance which will take place at 12 noon at the memorial plaque, to which all are welcome.
The remains of some of those who died in the battle of Trafalgar, 210 years ago, are buried here in the Pleasaunce so it is an appropriate place to hold this event. The Church of England, East Greenwich Ministry Team will preside over the service.
The Salvation Army band will provide the music and standard bearers from the Royal Naval Association and the Deptford and Greenwich Sea Cadets will parade. Wreaths will be laid by the Mayor of Greenwich and the deputy Lord Lieutenant and representatives from the WRNS. Many from the local Royal Naval Association including residents from the Trafalgar Quarters will attend this event which is supported by our Friends Group.
The Revd. Margaret Cave, our local team rector commented on the event, “We are delighted that the Remembrance Service will continue despite the sad death earlier this year of ex-naval service man Terry Stacey who organised this event for many years.”
The classic cinematic depiction of Nelson’s life starring Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier will be shown at the Old Royal Naval College on October 21st.
The Trafalgar Day screening of the film, which tells Nelson’s story through the memoir of Emma Hamilton, will be introduced by Nelson expert and Greenwich Historical Society president, Anthony Cross.
The Alexander Korda-directed movie was released in 1941 and was reported to be Winston Churchill’s favourite film. It will be shown in the King William Lecture theatre (302) at 6.30pm on October 21st – tickets cost £5 and include a complimentary glass of wine afterwards.
Earlier in the day, there will also be free talks about Nelson.
A new book telling the personal stories of Nelson’s Band of Brothers is out now.
Edited by Captain Peter Hore, a former Greenwich resident, and published by Seaforth Publishing, the hardback title explores the lives on Nelson’s captains.
Two of the entries in the book have been contributed by Anthony Cross from the Warwick Leadlay Gallery in Greenwich. Anthony is, of course, also the President of Greenwich Historical Society.
Brand new photography of the final resting place of many of the captains has been commissioned, some of which was taken in Greenwich such as at the mausoleum where Admiral Hardy is buried.
Nelson’s Band of Brothers: Lives and Memorials has been produced in association with the 1805 Club.