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GUEST,Observer 2 songs for 21 October (5) RE: 2 songs for 21 October 22 Oct 19


TAKING NELSON HOME Ian Palmer
He came on board in a brandy cask, we're taking Nelson home
Sailors bending to their tasks; we're taking Nelson home
Billy Ruffians, homeward bound, take him to his burial ground
Taking Nelson home, we're taking Nelson home


Don't really understand the reference to HMS Bellerophon taking Nelson to his burial ground. Nelson's body was brought back to England by HMS Victory. With no bowsprit, and no mizzen mast and serious damage to main and fore mast tops the dockyard at Gibraltar was not capable of repairing such damage. HMS Victory sailed in company with two badly damaged 74s HMS Bellerophon and HMS Belleisle leaving Gibraltar on the 4th November 1805. It took the three damaged ships a month, a passage they would normally make in one week, On entering the Channel the two 74s parted company with HMS Victory off Plymouth, their home port, for repair at Cawsands. HMS Victory continued up channel to her own home port of Chatham, where Nelson's body was taken from the ship and taken up to Greenwich prior to his burial in the crypt of St.Pauls Cathedral in London.

Mike O'Connor's song "Carrying Nelson Home" hits the mark much better


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