Dawlish Chronicles : Nelson and Hardy – the forging of a partnership

330px-Thomas_Hardy_-_Project_Gutenberg_eText_16914Tomorrow we will be commemorating the 215th anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar, Where Lord Nelson ended for all time the pretensions of the French and Spanish to be world powers. This is important to Americans because, without the Royal Navy, the Monroe Doctrine would have been impossible, and in truth it would have been highly unlikely that the slave trade, let alone slavery would have ended in the west.

But Nelson was hardly alone, and his flag captain was his most trusted subordinate and likely his best friend as well. Here’s a bit about Admiral (and eventually First Sea Lord) Thomas Hardy, RN. Captain of HMS Victory at Trafalgar.

[…]Jervis’s exchanges with Captains  Robert Calder and Benjamin Hallowell on the quarterdeck of his flagship, HMS Victory, were recorded as it was discovered that his force was outnumbered almost two-to-one:

“There are eight sail of the line, Sir John”

“Very well, sir”

“There are twenty sail of the line, Sir John”

“Very well, sir”

“There are twenty-five sail of the line, Sir John”

“Very well, sir”

“There are twenty-seven sail of the line, Sir John”

“Enough, sir, no more of that; the die is cast, and if there are fifty sail I will go through them”

It was on HMS Victory that Nelson himself was to die eight years later. His admiration of Hardy had grown in this time. At the Battle of the Nile in 1798 Hardy commanded the corvette Mutine and when Nelson sent his flag captain back with news of the triumph he promoted Hardy to command of his flagship HMS Vanguard. When Nelson shifted his flag to HMS Foudroyant he took Hardy with him.

Source: Dawlish Chronicles : Nelson and Hardy – the forging of a partnership

Such things are the reason why the Earl St. Vincent could confidently say, “I do not say the French cannot come, I say they cannot come by sea”. Maybe that is why that the rumors persist that the British have implanted demolition charges in “The Chunnel!” 🙂


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5 Responses to Dawlish Chronicles : Nelson and Hardy – the forging of a partnership

  1. the unit says:

    Historically, I know todays post is so much more important than what I enjoyed yesterday. I really loved reading about the transition of sail to steam, breech loading vs stuffing in powder and cannon balls, and development of torpedoes and maritime mines. Truthfully, I didn’t realize it was fiction !!!
    So the forging of a partnership, Nelson and Hardy. As of this morning we get the opposite forging of purpose…Obama and Trudeau. Sorry that’s just how I recognize reality, no feelings. Not the way the cookie crumbles when you eat a good donut with a good cup of coffee. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    • NEO says:

      Hah! Always remember the proof of the pudding is in the eating, not the shortened version used so often these days. Why you do things does indeed matter.

      And on another subject, my IT guys recommends that you switch to Chrome for a browser, it’s privacy is somewhat compromised, but it just works.

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  2. the unit says:

    Yeah. I had just barely typed Ye…, when Microsoft Cortana interrupted to “ask what I needed help with? Ask me anything?” OK, are you a joke? Or just a clown in an Obama mask nearing Halloween time?
    I going to have to figure this out. Changing browser I guess means going to internet options. To get there this 10 is so confusing, I’ll have to ask Cortana how to get there. 🙂 But I can make it if I try, and will. Starting now.

    Liked by 1 person

    • NEO says:

      OK! 🙂


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