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Trafalgar Day

October 21

Trafalgar Day - Naval Victory

Trafalgar Day is the most important day in the calendar of HMS Victory, the oldest commissioned warship in the world. Each year on 21 October a ceremony is held on board Victory marking the anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar, a battle which defined the Age of Sail and which sealed British dominion of the seas for a hundred years.

Horatio Nelson, 1758-1805 by Lemuel Francis Abbot 1797
Horatio Nelson, 1758-1805 by Lemuel Francis Abbot 1797

Britain’s wealth, prosperity and status as a nation on the world stage still owe much to the courage and skill of the crews of the British ships and their great leader, Admiral Lord Nelson, that momentous day off Cape Trafalgar.

HMS 'Victory' Anchored off the Isle of Wight - John Wilson Carmichael (1799–1868)
HMS ‘Victory’ Anchored off the Isle of Wight – John Wilson Carmichael (1799–1868)

 

Battle Map for the Battle of Trafalgar
Battle Map for the Battle of Trafalgar