Horatio Nelson's flag signal at the Battle of Trafalgar, 1805 / TOTE BAG

Horatio Nelson's flag signal at the Battle of Trafalgar, 1805.
"England expects that every man will do his duty".

WOVEN TOTE BAG. 38 x 38 cm.

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On October 21, 1805, southwest of Spain’s Cape Trafalgar, the British fleet defeated a force of French and Spanish ships in the decisive naval battle of the Napoleonic War. Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson died of wounds aboard his flagship, HMS Victory.

Nelson felt the tension and the need for a final word. He said to Blackwood, who had been his most constant companion all the morning, “I will now amuse the fleet with a signal. Do you not think there is one yet wanting?” Blackwood said everyone seemed to know exactly what to do. Nelson thought for a moment, and then said, “Suppose we telegraph, ‘Nelson confides that every man will do his duty.’ ” Somebody suggested “England” instead of “Nelson,” and Nelson accepted the change with pleasure. With an air of boyish gaiety, he called the flag lieutenant: “Mr. Pasco, I wish to say to the fleet, ‘England confides that every man will do his duty.’ You must be quick, for I have one more to make, which is for close action.” Pasco asked to be allowed to use “expects” instead of “confides” because “expects” was in Popham’s signal book, but “confides” would have to be spelt. “That will do, Pasco, make it directly,” Nelson said. "England expects that every man will do his duty" – at 11:35 on October 21, 1805 the most famous battle signal ever made was hoisted to the yards and mastheads of the Victory.

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Collections: NAPOLEONIC WARS

Type: Tote Bag


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