Battle of Trafalgar - October 21, 1805

  1. Astronuc

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    October 21 of this year marks the 200th Anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar, when the British Navy, under Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson, engaged the combined navies of Spain and France.

    Nearly 5000 men, including Nelson, died in the of the largest naval engagements among sailing ships.
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  3. marcus

    marcus 24,229
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    Astronuc, I am enjoying your online history finds.
    My imagining historical periods and events comes partly from singing in a chorus where much of the standard repertory dates roughly 1770-1830.
    So I know of Admiral Nelson partly from singing Haydn's Mass in D minor the "Nelson Mass". This was dedicated to Nelson after the 1798 Battle of the Nile, and performed in his honor at Eisenstadt.

    Here is Wiki about the Battle of the Nile at Aboukir Bay

    It is a great mass, a lot of fun to sing. I've sung it 3 times and would welcome a chance to sing it again. After Nelson heard it he gave Haydn the watch he was carrying at Aboukir, as a memento, and Haydn reciprocated by presenting Nelson with the pen he he had used to write the mass. The two gifts are in a glass case in some museum somewhere.
  4. Astronuc

    Staff: Mentor

    Sea Power
    I seem to remember that the 16" ( 40 cm) Naval Rifles of the Iowa class had a range of 55,000 yds (31.25 mi / 50.3 km)
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