Trafalgar

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The famous Battle of Trafalgar in 1805 effectively saved Britain from invasion by Napoleon. In the 'Boney' chapter of SARUM, an account is given of Admiral Nelson's great battle, some of the ships involved, and the press gang system that provided the crews. The story especially concerns two ships, the little frigate 'Euryalus' and the 'Swiftsure', both built at Bucklers Hard in the New Forest, and the latter commanded by the author's ancestor, William Gordon Rutherfurd.
See also Buckler's Hard in THE FOREST




 

 

 

Did You Know?
As those who have read PARIS will know, the Parisian neighborhood of Les Halles, now known for its vast mall complex, was once the site of the Cimetière des Innocents, Paris’ largest cemetery. What started in the 12th century as a smallish graveyard ballooned to a resting place for over 2 million corpses ! By the 1780’s, the cemetery had become so overfilled and unhygienic that Louis XVI closed it, and ordered all bodies be exhumed and transferred to the Catacombs. Today, only one relic remains from the neighborhood’s eerie past - La Fontaine des Innocents – a fountain built in the sixteenth century which once marked the entrance to the graveyard.




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