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HMS Victory (Captioned Above)

“England expects that every man will do his duty” the Victory with the famous signal at the Battle of Trafalgar, 1805


The Date

(comment from another forum where I wrote of Nelson) How dare you spend today talking about the Battle of Trafalgar or whatever when everyone knows that October 21st is really International Credit Union Day and National Shakeout Earthquake Drill Day! Shame I say, shame!

(reply) Then get a loan and stand in the doorway for a while. Meanwhile, I continue to reminisce about the past, drink a good brandy and think of Nelson. Have a nice day if you’re able.


The Lady of Trafalgar

When during the battle of Trafalgar the boats went out to collect possible survivors, the crew of the HMS Pickle’s boat didn’t believe their eyes as they fished a naked woman out of the water.

Lady of Trafalgar by Patrick O’Brien, 2019

A certain Jack Nastyface wrote the following:

“Among those who were thus preserved from a watery grave was a young Frenchwoman who was brought aboard our ship in a state of complete nakedness.

Although it was in the heat of battle, yet she received every assistance which was at that time in our power; and her distress of mind was soothed as well as we could; until the officers got to their chests, from whence they furnished her with needles and thread to convert sheets into chemises and curtains from their cots to make somewhat of a gown and other garments so that by degrees she was made as comfortable as circumstances would admit; for we all tried who would be most kind to her”.

It turned out that the young woman concerned was a survivor of the French Achille and was the wife of one of that ship’s crew who could not bear to be separated from him when he was ordered to sea. Disguising herself as a boy, she had entered the ship with him and had served at his side until she was told that he had been killed during the battle. Her reaction to his apparent death gave her away.

Lady of Trafalgar, by Patrick O’Brien, 2017

The rescue of the Frenchwoman was described by Captain Moorsom in a letter to his father dated 4th December 1805:

“When the Achille was burning, she (Jeanette) got out of the gunroom port and sat on the rudder chains till some melted lead ran down upon her and forced her to strip and leap off. She swam to a spar where several men were, but one of them bit and kicked her till she was obliged to quit and get to another which supported her til she was taken by The Pickle and sent on board the Revenge. Amongst the men she was lucky enough to find her husband. We were not wanting in civility to the lady. I ordered her two Purser’s shirts to make a petticoat; and other of the officers found something to clothe her*; in a few hours, Jeanette was perfectly happy.”

*One of Revenge’s lieutenants gave Jeanette a length of blue sprigged muslin he had intended for his wife and the Chaplain gave her a pair of his old shoes. Jeanette, originally a dressmaker, quickly made herself a jacket and dress in the Flemish fashion. Additionally she was given a blanket, two pairs of white stockings and two silk handkerchiefs.


Anecdote at the Battle of Trafalgar,

21 October 1805 by William Heath

Each of the officers in HMS Revenge gave the woman a silver (Spanish) dollar and when the ship limped into Gibraltar after enduring the storm which followed the battle, the woman and her husband were put into a Cartel ship that took them both to Spain.

18 thoughts on “Duty

  1. Reading your blog has reawakened my interest in history. There always seems to be more to the story. For example, I had never heard of the Lady of Trafalgar. In some ways it seems times were more civilized then, now she would just be taken to some government agency. I came across a complete set of Durant’s history (all 11 volumes) and hope to educate myself just a little bit this winter.


    1. It would interesting to learn how “Jack Nastyface” got his name since Jack’s turned out to be one of the historical accounts surviving through the years.

      Ladies were accorded honors and treatment that many women today would shun. “Don’t open that door. for me!” I make no judgment on the matter. If ladies wish to be treated on par with “women of the town”, they can demand that treatment.

      1. I *still* open doors for my SLW. It really impressed her when we first started dating, and I continue to do it out of respect for her.

        Some of the young ladies I dated in decades past also thought it was endearing.

        1. If i didn’t hold doors for ladies, my mother would come back from her grave and smack the shit out of me.

          1. Growing up in the South, the saying was “there are two types of women, ladies and whores.” Ladies are called ma’am. They have doors opened for them. Things are lifted off of shelves. Men jump between ladies and danger.

            How to tell a woman is a whore? First thing she does is not act like a lady.

            Also, being from the South, just because a woman is employed in the ‘world’s oldest profession’ doesn’t make her a whore. It’s more of an attitude.

        2. My wife once waited in the car for me for two hours until my son came to get me and ask why she was still out there. I went back and opened the door for her.
          She smiled and took my hand.

      2. I echo all of the above, mother and father would hasten out of their watery graves and unleash unholy hell upon me for treating a lady with nothing less the total respect, unless proven unworthy… A lesson learned in that story of the gallantry of the men, seaman and officers alike. One wonders would that hold today?

  2. Off-top:
    In this short column, Ripley discusses USNavy SEALs suing because of dictated S.A.R.S.-CoV2 ‘inoculations’.
    Apparently, the brass are threatening to counter-sue to force re-payment of all the investment in SEAL training.
    The SEALs are using the unrecovered investment in training hoax-discharged cooks and clerks as part of the defense.
    In a contest betwixt lawyers and SEALs, my bet goes toward the dirt-bags.

    1. There is a lot of bad blood being created. Will the Teams be effective in the future? It’s an open question. Can they remain a TEAM in the concept under which many served? I think that can happen when the Biden Regime (Let’s Go Brandon!) leaves office and a new generation takes their place.

      When in history has the military sued service members for the cost of training because of a dangerous vaccination that arguably does little good if you’ve had the plague or have good immunity? It’s the flu. It will be a long and nasty battle. At the end, maybe they just discontinue Naval Special Warfare as a whole. Admirals hate the SEALs anyway. Most Team members are white anyway and they want to purge the military of white people based on their own statements because all white people are racists.

        1. “They” always use lawfare. It’s not “being civilized” on their part, it’s one of the three legs of the tripod of “elite” power: promotion of perversion (via academia and newsmedia), currency manipulation, and subversion of law.

          Obviously the purpose of all this is not recouping the expense of training, it’s about impoverishing those who refuse their arbitrary diktats (because the “elite” are petty people full of resentment who worship only themselves and are full of confused rage because we don’t love them enough), and more importantly, to send a message to others who might stand up to them.

          I wouldn’t look for IEDs. IEDs are for business. Sharps/edged weapons are for when it is personal.

          1. Crud, I misread Ed’s comment. His “they” were the SEALS. Oops.
            But the rest of what I said still stands.

      1. A sad state of affairs indeed, undermining everything worthwhile, including team cohesiveness. I would not fault any soldier who didn’t put their life on the line for the empty suits who are destroying the military by the backdoor using a diddled with coronavirus.

  3. I’m impressed by Jeanette, a brave and industrious woman. I’m also impressed by the Officers’ care of her. Well done that Chaplin! I suggest we include this case study, albeit naval, in the DLC Leadership Manual. Agreed?

    Then there’s the SEALs. What a good idea to upset such a harmless group of men.

  4. I only knew of The Battle of Trafalgar, and while I’d heard of “The Lady”, I that was it, I didn’t know the whole story.

    Thanks for the “Paul Harvey” moment….

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