Sunday, October 21, 2012

Attention All Hands...........

Attention All Hands..........

Splice the Main Brace!!!!

In honored memory of the immortal Nelson and his band of brothers of the Royal Navy who met and defeated the combined French and Spanish fleets at the battle of Trafalgar 207 years ago on this date.   

Buonaparte has often made his boast that our fleet would be worn out by keeping the sea and that his was kept in order and increasing by staying in port; but know he finds, I fancy, if Emperors hear the truth, that his fleet suffers more in a night than ours in one year.

Firstly you must always implicitly obey orders, without attempting to form any opinion of your own regarding their propriety. Secondly, you must consider every man your enemy who speaks ill of your king; and thirdly you must hate a Frenchman as you hate the devil.

Now I can do no more. We must trust to the Great Disposer of all events and the justice of our cause. I thank God for this opportunity of doing my duty.

My character and good name are in my own keeping. Life with disgrace is dreadful. A glorious death is to be envied.

It is warm work; and this day may be the last to any of us at a moment. But mark you! I would not be elsewhere for thousands. - at the Battle of Copenhagen.

In honour I gained them, and in honour I will die with them.

Lord Horatio Nelson


Nancy R. said...

Rum tonight, then!

Michael W. said...

Aye Lass, tis time to fathom the bowl!