There have been many celebrated warships in Britain’s naval history but HMS Victory can justifiably claim to be one of the most famous of them all, having served as Vice Admiral Lord Nelson’s flagship at the Battle of Trafalgar.
The death of Nelson on board Victory during the Battle of Trafalgar is an iconic moment in history. The Vice Admiral was fatally shot on 21 October 1805 by a French sailor in the mizzen mast of La Redoubtable. After being shot, Nelson was carried to the Orlop Deck, where many other injured seamen and officers were awaiting medical attention. Three hours later he was dead but a British victory was assured.
“England expects that every man will do his duty.”Vice Admiral Horatio Nelson