Trafalgar

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The famous Battle of Trafalgar in 1805 effectively saved Britain from invasion by Napoleon. In the 'Boney' chapter of SARUM, an account is given of Admiral Nelson's great battle, some of the ships involved, and the press gang system that provided the crews. The story especially concerns two ships, the little frigate 'Euryalus' and the 'Swiftsure', both built at Bucklers Hard in the New Forest, and the latter commanded by the author's ancestor, William Gordon Rutherfurd.
See also Buckler's Hard in THE FOREST




 

 

 

Did You Know?
In 1598, Queen Elizabeth ordered a banquet featuring a food source from the new world: potatoes. The royal cooks, having never prepared potatoes before, threw the veggie away and cooked the green part or eye instead, sickening the whole royal court. Elizabeth banned the vegetable. The ban was eventually lifted a few years later when potatoes gained popularity in Spain, France and Italy.




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