The History of King’s Lynn in 100 Objects: No52

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This week’s object features a famous face, it is a portrait of Admiral Horatio Lord Nelson by King’s Lynn artist Samuel Lane.

Nelson was a British naval commander. He is generally regarded as one of the greatest officers in the history of the Royal Navy as a result of his naval victories against the French during the Napoleonic Wars.

He was born on the 29 September 1758 in Burnham Thorpe, Norfolk. He joined the Navy aged 12 and sailed with his uncle Captain Maurice Suckling.

Nelson served in the West Indies, Baltic and Canada. During his career he fought many naval battles, he became known for great skill in naval strategy and tactics and strong leadership.

His final confrontation was the Battle of Trafalgar during which his warship, HMS Victory, hoisted the famous signal ‘England Expects That Every Man Will Do His Duty’.

It was during this fight that Nelson was fatally wounded as he paced 
Victory’s quarterdeck, directing the Battle. His body was brought back to England and he was buried on 9 
January 1806 at St Paul’s Cathedral in London. His 
funeral was attended by thousands of people who came to pay their respects.

The 21 October marks the anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar.

Why not visit the Lynn Museum and see our small collection of Nelson memorabilia.