The 1805 Club was founded in 1990 to care for the memorials of the Georgian sailing navy. They are a vital yet often neglected part of Britain's naval heritage. No other organisation is dedicated to their preservation. We:
- Conserve monuments and memorials relating to seafaring people of the Georgian era and in particular Admiral Lord Nelson.
For more information on Admiral Lord Nelson please visit The 1805 Club's site www.admiralnelson.org.
- Promote and publish research into the Royal Navy of the Georgian period, and especially Admiral Lord Nelson.
- Organise cultural and historical events for the enjoyment and edification of our membership and the public in general.
President : Admiral Sir Jonathon Band GCB DL
Chairman : Peter Warwick
Nelson - ON THIS DAY - February
4th March 1769; Vice Admiral Lord Nelson writes his last recorded letter to his wife, Fanny from the St George: 'Josiah [Nelson's step son] is to have another Ship and go aboard it if the Thalia cannot soon be got ready. I have done all I can for him . . . Living I have done all in my power for you, and if dead you will find I have done the same, therefore my only wish is to be left to myself, and wishing you every happiness Believe that i am your affectionate Nelson & Bronte.'
5th March 1786: Admiral Hughes ordered Captain Nelson not to enforce the Navigation Acts. Nelson wrote, 'I must either disobey my orders or disobey Acts of Parliament, which the Admiral was disobeying. I determined upon the former, trusting to the uprightness of my intention, and believing that my country would not allow me to be ruined by protecting her commerce.'9th March 1805: Vice Admiral Lord Nelson to Lady Hamilton, eighteen years to the day after marrying Frances Nisbet (Fanny): 'Nothing can be more miserable, or unhappy, than your poor Nelson.'
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