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Friday, October 14, 2005

Trafalgar Day - 21 October 1805

It has been pointed out, or rather should I say, I have been warned, that it would show a great lack of judgment and maritime acumen if I were to let the 200th anniversary of Lord Nelson's historic victory off the south-west coast of Spain pass without mention.

And indeed Trafalgar Day is a big one in the Maritime World. There are celebrations being held around the world. The Australian National Maritime Museum is holding a one-day seminar on Sunday, 23 October and the Lord Mayor of Newcastle will lay a wreath at the memorial to Admiral Lord Collingwood in the City's St. Nicholas Cathedral. (Collingwood took charge when Nelson was killed.)

The main event however, is the Trafalgar 200 celebration which includes Her Majesty is dining onboard HMS VICTORY, Wreaths being laid at Nelson's Tomb, The Royal Navy participating in a commemorative program organized by the Spanish Navy, and in Portsmouth the BBC Singers and the BBC Concert Orchestra will perform a concert.

The Royal Navy hosts a site detailing the Battle of Trafalgar and Lord Nelson's career.

The Naval Historical Center has also electronically published "An Authentic Narrative of the Proceedings of His Majesty's Squadron, under the Command of Rear-Admiral Sir Horatio Nelson...." in celebration of the event.

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