the battle of trafalgar

The Heavyweight Punch by Geoff Hunt.

In the misty calm of the morning of 21st October 1805, three of Great Britain’s most powerful ships - Victory (100 guns), Temeraire (98) and Neptune (98) are seen under full sail, bearing down majestically on the enemy line off Cape Trafalgar. The colossal might of Victory, Temeraire and Neptune, combined firepower of 296 guns, is seen from the French and Spanish line as they close to deliver the famous “Heavyweight Punch”

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Admiral Horatio Nelson, died at The Battle of Trafalgar 1805. His last words were “Kiss me Hardy”, but many tried to later pass it off as “kismet” to avoid embarrassment.

History Fact 7/100 - Admiral Nelson

Viscount Horatio Nelson, the First Duke of Bronté, was a flag officer in the British Navy. He was born in Norfolk, the son of a clergyman, and one of eleven children. He joined the Royal Navy at twelve, and ascended to the rank of Captain by the time he was twenty.

During the French Revolution, Nelson was in command of the Agamemnon, a 64 gun third rate ship of the line.
Nelson became known as a bold, rational man, with occasional disregard for his senior officers. During the Battle of Copenhagen, in order to avoid withdrawing his ship, he put his telescope to his blind eye and claimed he couldn’t see the signal.

Nelson’s strategic excellence was crucial at the Battle of the Nile, where the English fleet successfully destroyed the fleet of Napoleon. His most famous battle is Cape Trafalgar, where he led the English against a combined fleet of the Spanish and French, protecting England from invasion. Nelson was killed during this battle as he paced the quarterdeck, shot by a French sniper.

The body of Admiral Nelson was transported back to England, and he was given a state funeral.

History Fact 4/100 - HMS Dreadnought

The HMS Dreadnought was a 98 gun second rate ship of the line in Nelson’s Navy.

Dreadnought was present at the Battle of Trafalgar, the eighth ship in the lee division to enter battle. She began firing at two o'clock, and forced the surrender of the San Juan Nepomuceno after her Commodore was killed.

During the battle, Dreadnought lost seven seaman and a further 26 suffered wounds.

She was a quarantine ship until 1857, when she was towed away and broken up.

Spanish history 101: The Battle of Trafalgar and the man that gave no shit about his blown up leg

Now guys. If I started talking about the Battle of Trafalgar (1805) now I wouldn’t finish till next year. It has been a particular obsession of mine for many years.
(Liking to my obsession with Admiral Horatio Nelson and naval history in general.)

So I’m just gonna pinpoint a couple of details before going to the point:

1. It’s included in the context of the Napoleonic Wars and Spain had a puppet role in that conflict. Most of the country was against helping the French but PM Godoy made a pact with Napoleon.
Our Admiral Gravina, had to obey the orders of Villeneuve, sent by Napoleon. Gravina was an incredibly skilled and experienced sailor. He knew the waters, knew the British and the weather patterns of the Channel. However, Villeneuve refused to listen to advise and followed his own procedure. Which at the end made an already disadvantageous situation ten times worse. 

2. Long Story short - it was a battle for the Gibraltar channel and therefore for the control of the Mediterranean, but was included in to a larger scheme by Napoleon to conquer Great Britain. 

3. The Trafalgar campaign put an official end to Spain’s imperial era since it destroyed most of its fleet, but also was one of the sparks that fueled the Peninsular War. 


And now I’d like to highlight a name: 


Cosme Damián Churruca y Elorza 


 Churruca was a Basque scientist, philosopher, and navy general that during the Battle of Trafalgar commandeered the ship San Juan Nepomuceno. 
Like Gravina, he knew how dark the prediction was for them so the day before the Battle he sent his brother a letter in which he stated. 
“If you hear about my ship being captured, tell everyone that I’m dead.”
For him, there were only two outcomes of that battle: Victory or Death. 

and here comes the METAL part:

As Churruca was commandeering his ship against six British attackers at the same time from the captain’s bridge,  a cannonball came in and BLEW UP HIS LEG from the knee down. 

And yo know what he did?

He had a bucket full of sand brought for him, STUCK WHAT WAS LEFT OF HIS LEG IN IT TO KEEP HIMSELF UPRIGHT AND KEPT FIGHTING!!!

Finally he died from blood loss but never gave up and before his death ordered to nail the Spanish flag to the ship so in case of defeat it couldn’t be taken whole by the enemy. 

Some say it was also a bucket of flour. In any case he was the most metal sailor in our history and was honored even by his adversaries after his death. 


Main sources: Jose Luís Corral’s “Trafalgar”, Pérez Reverte’s “Cabo Trafalgar” and another book I read years ago which name I can’t recall + several studies. 
More information about Churruca can be consulted here (in Spanish, based on Corral’s investigation) or here in English. 

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Short doujin from what happened with me in One Piece Dance Battle game.
Because after Doffy dropped, then Law dropped by following after I took many fights with him.

No wonder why Law from Doflamingo making a face like this.

It seems a bit of ZoLaw since I use Zoro Flim Z as main character to beat poor Doffy.

Looking at this doujin, I don’t even know what I’m drawing anymore…. lol

* No re-post or post this in other website please. Thank you.

Edit: Buuu. I cut images shorter so Tumblr won’t shrink them D: Bad Tumblr.

J.M.W. Turner
“The Fighting Temeraire tugged to her last berth to be broken up, 1838”
Oil on canvas
Located in the National Gallery London, England

HMS Temeraire was one of the last second-rate (18th century ships mounted with 90 to 98 guns on three gun decks) ships of the line (type of naval warship constructed from the 17th through to the mid-19th century) to have played a distinguished role in the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. The painting depicts the 98-gun ship HMS Temeraire, being towed by a paddle-wheel steam tug towards its final berth in Rotherhithe in south-east London in 1838 to be broken up for scrap.

In 2005 it was voted the nation’s favourite painting in a poll organised by BBC Radio 4’s Today programme.