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On 7 May 1765 HMS Victory was floated out of Chatham s Royal Dockyard. Over the years to come she would become the most famous flagship in the Royal Navy, and of course achieved everlasting fame as the flagship of Vice-Admiral Lord Nelson in Britain s greatest ever naval victory, the defeat of the French and Spanish at the Battle of Trafalgar. Life at sea in the Napoleonic War was incredibly hard and the physical brutality of fighting at sea in sailing warships is difficult to imagine. The key function of Victory was to be efficient in battle. All other considerations gave way to that.
Head of Historic Ships, Andrew Baines, takes us on a unique tour of the ship, outlining how Victory functioned at sea and in battle. How they fed themselves, where they lived, how they were disciplined, and how and why Victory became the deadly fighting machine that played such an enormous part in so many historic battles. Our story culminates in the Battle of Trafalgar and the moving death of Vice-Admiral Nelson. It is an extraordinary story, superbly told.
Koch Media
Documentary, Special Interest
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