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GUEST,Rumncoke Happy Trafalgar Day! (47) RE: Happy Trafalgar Day! 22 Oct 05

Having been around the Victory and such places as Southsea Castle, my height of 5ft 4.5inches would seem to be the maximum height for clearing the beams/stone arches of such places - the guides get very anxious as I walk through without ducking, but having been there several times I always wear absolutely flat shoes and an innocent expression. As that was when I lived there - over 25 years ago now I supose I will have even more clearance now - I could feel my hair brushing the wood/stone in those days.

The Orlop deck is lower headroom than the decks above and I do have to watch my head on the beams, but the spaces between the beams allow me to stand fairly upright.

Nelson was shot through the left shoulder AFAIR - by a sniper in the mizzen top of 'The Trinedada' at quite close range, so the trajectory would have been through at least one lung - might even have damaged the spine. It was reported that Nelson anounced himself 'finished' and declined the attentions of a surgeon. I think the sniper was spotted and knocked of his perch by someone on Victory - but he'd been sucessful in hitting several officers before that.

I certainly found my bottle of 'Wood's 100 finest old Demarara' rum and drank to his memory - Hero of the Nile. Victor of Trafalgar. Our Nel.



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