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Napoleonic War - The Battle of Trafalgar Memorial - Clarence Esplanade, Southsea, Portsmouth, Hampshire, UK
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N 50° 47.084 W 001° 05.959
30U E 633981 N 5627608
Quick Description: HMS Victory's anchor is displayed on this large memorial. It is dedicated to those who lost their lives in the Battle of Trafalgar.
Location: Southern England, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 11/27/2012 7:43:45 AM
Waymark Code: WMFT8A
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Torgut
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Long Description:
The anchor is mounted on a stone plinth and has a wooden cross-piece. This anchor is named 'The Victory's Anchor Oct. 21st 1805'.

The inscription on the monument reads:

(Front)
'THE BATTLE OF TRAFALGAR

_____________

THE BRITISH FLEET CONSISTED
OF 27 SAIL OF THE LINE: THAT OF THE ALLIES OF
FRANCE AND SPAIN 33, OF THESE 19 WERE
TAKEN OR DESTROYED BY LORD NELSON.'

(Left)
'ENGLAND EXPECTS
EVERY MAN TO DO HIS
DUTY.'

(Back)
'Near this memorial on the
14th September 1805 Admiral Lord Nelson
Embarked for the last time, being killed
On the following 21st October at the
Victorious Battle of Trafalgar.'

(Right)
'READY AYE READY'

More information can be read here:visit link

Wikipedia describes The Battle of Trafalgar:visit link

The Battle of Trafalgar (21 October 1805) was a naval engagement fought by the British Royal Navy against the combined fleets of the French Navy and Spanish Navy, during the War of the Third Coalition (August–December 1805) of the Napoleonic Wars (1803–1815).

The battle was the most decisive British naval victory of the war. Twenty-seven British ships of the line led by Admiral Lord Nelson aboard HMS Victory defeated thirty-three French and Spanish ships of the line under French Admiral Pierre-Charles Villeneuve off the south-west coast of Spain, just west of Cape Trafalgar. The Franco-Spanish fleet lost twenty-two ships, without a single British vessel being lost.

The British victory spectacularly confirmed the naval supremacy that Britain had established during the previous century and was achieved in part through Nelson's departure from the prevailing naval tactical orthodoxy, which involved engaging an enemy fleet in a single line of battle parallel to the enemy to facilitate signalling in battle and disengagement, and to maximise fields of fire and target areas. Nelson instead divided his smaller force into two columns directed perpendicularly against the larger enemy fleet, with decisive results.

Nelson was mortally wounded during the battle, becoming one of Britain's greatest war heroes. The commander of the joint French and Spanish forces, Admiral Villeneuve, was captured along with his ship Bucentaure. Spanish Admiral Federico Gravina escaped with the remnant of the fleet and succumbed months later to wounds sustained during the battle.'

War: Napoleonic War

Is it permanently accessible to the public?: yes

Is it necessary to pay a fee to gain access to the place?: no

Year of the memorial or monument: 1805

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