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Ubiquitous Pickle

By Philip_H
Replica of HMS Pickle, moored at Hull Marina (Humber Dock), Kingston upon Hull, built in 1996 at St Petersburg, Russia.

Nelson referred to HMS Pickle as 'ubiquitous', because her speed allowed her to seem to be everywhere at once.

She was, at that time, the fastest vessel in the Royal Navy fleet.

The original schooner was a 72-foot (22 m) two-masted vessel, built in 1799. She was bought for use as a flagship tender, but later served as a dispatch and communications vessel due to her fast-sailing characteristics. She was wrecked in 1808, without loss of life.

In the early 19th century, the Royal Navy was a highly disciplined service and the mainstay of national defence. Britain was at war with France and much of the fleet was engaged blockading enemy ports, to keep French ships and trade penned in. HM schooner Pickle, commanded by Lieutenant John Lapenotiere, was involved in this work, but her most celebrated role was yet to come.

On 21 October 1805, a famous battle took place off Cape Trafalgar, in south-west Spain. Britain secured dominance of the seas but at the price of losing one of its greatest heroes, Vice-Admiral Lord Nelson.

Pickle was a speedy vessel, well equipped for a fast passage home. She was chosen to deliver one of the most legendary dispatches in naval history, the news of victory at Trafalgar and of Nelsonís death.

Thanks for all the C&Cs on 'Abstract Water' and a special thank you to Moira, Jack and Jenn for their lovely UAs GrinGrinGrin

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Tags: Transport Hull marina Hull Schooner Kingston upon hull Pickle Royal navy Lord nelson Hms pickle Replica ship Humber dock

Voters: woolybill1, mrswoolybill, nonur and 21 more

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nonur 12 18 13 Turkey
7 Oct 2015 6:28PM
Well framed great shot, Philip.
jocas 6 6 United Kingdom
8 Oct 2015 1:00AM
A superb composition which encompasses much detail and character , accompanied by an interesting historical narrative. I love boats, ropes and everything about this image,so my UA to you Phillip.GrinGrin
Bantu 8 7 1 India
8 Oct 2015 5:41AM
A great heritage capture.


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