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:

  1. 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.
  2. Promote and publish research into the Royal Navy of the Georgian period, and especially Admiral Lord Nelson.
  3. Organise cultural and historical events for the enjoyment and edification of our membership and the public in general.
The 1805 Club is a registered charity No. 1071871

President : Admiral Sir Jonathon Band GCB DL
Chairman : Peter Warwick

Nelson - ON THIS DAY - October

19th October 1805:  To Lady Emma Hamilton Vice Admiral Horatio Nelson writes, "May the Great God of battles crown my endeavours with success! At all events I will take care that my name shall evermore be most dear to you and Horatia, both of whom I love as much as my own life. And as my last writing before the battle will be to you, so I hope in God that I shall live to finish my letter after the battle".

20th October 1805:  Vice Admiral Horatio Nelson adds to his letter to Lady Emma Hamilton started on 19 October, "In the morning we were close to the Mouth of the Straits, but the wind had not come far enough to the Westward to allow the Combined Fleets to weather the Shoals of Trafalgar".

21st October 1805:  THE 211TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE BATTLE OF TRAFALGAR AND THE DEATH OF LORD NELSON

'Thank God I have done my duty'.

Vice Admiral Horatio Nelson: "May the Great God, whom I worship, grant to my Country, and for the benefit of Europe in general, a great and glorious Victory; and may no misconduct in an one tarnish it; and may humanity after Victory be the predominant feature in the British Fleet. For myself, individually, I commit my life to Him who made me, and may his blessing light upon my endeavours for serving my Country faithfully. To Him I resign myself and the just cause which is entrusted to me to defend. Amen. Amen. Amen.

22nd October 1805:  Vice Admiral Lord Collingwood from Euralyus: 'The ever to be lamented death of Vice-Admiral Lord Viscount Nelson, Duke of Bronté, the Commander-in-Chief, who fell in the action of the 21st, in the arms of Victory, Covered with Glory, whose memory will be ever dear to the British Navy. . . leaves me to return my thanks [to the officers and men of the Fleet]'. 

25rd October 1796:  Commodore Horatio Nelson writes to HRH The Duke of Clarence (the future William IV) from Captain, "I am happy to say that not only Bastia but every other place in the Island [of Corsica} is completely evacuated'.


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