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Bonaparte's plans to invade England were thwarted after the battle of Trafalgar in October 1805.

Although outnumbered the British Royal Navy defeated a combined force of Spanish and French ships.

At the battles end Nelson was fatally shot by a French sniper but knew of the victory before his death.

His flagship H.M.S. Victory is now a museum in Portsmouth and a few years ago I stood on its deck.

Whilst in Gibraltar this year our guide pointed out to sea where the battle took place, just off Cape Trafalgar on Spain's south coast

 

 

 

 

                         

Nelson paced the deck of the Victory
In waters off the coast of Gibraltar
Signalled to his fleet to do their duty
Before the battle known as Trafalgar.
                           ~
Off the Spanish coast man o' wars engaged
In battle paid for in lives at great cost   
Loud booms of cannon as the fighting raged
At the battles end three thousand lives lost.
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England outnumbered had the lesser fleet
Twenty seven ships against thirty three
Admiral Villeneuve suffererd defeat
Against a brave and determined navy.
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A French sniper shot Nelson fatally
On his death bed was told of victory.

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Revised 16th March 2019.

Copyright © | Year Posted 2018




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Date: 7/27/2018 7:45:00 AM
Great poem. I appreciate the history lesson before the poem. I have a few military pieces. Check them out if you can thanks: "Blue and the Gray" "Ghost ship" "Our Heroes"
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Date: 7/27/2018 9:18:00 AM
Thanks Timothy, I certainly will. Tom
Date: 7/2/2018 12:15:00 PM
I sure do enjoy your historical writes, Tom. They constitute great refresher courses for me, as the last time I learned about this was probably, oh, let's just say a few umpteen years ago...Thanks for posting this!! Best wishes, Gershon
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Date: 7/2/2018 12:21:00 PM
Thanks very much Gershon, I do have to research a little as its been quite a while since I too was in the classroom lol. Greetings from.Turkey. Tom
Date: 7/2/2018 2:16:00 AM
A little bit of history Tom in this wonderful Sonnet of yours. Love poems like this, an excellent write....Maria hugs
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Date: 7/11/2018 5:52:00 PM
Thank you
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Date: 7/2/2018 3:33:00 AM
And what an awesome Sonnet as well....Maria hugs
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Date: 7/2/2018 2:29:00 AM
Thank you Maria, the Victory is now a museum in Portsmouth historic dock and to actually stand on its deck was awesome, never realising that I'd one day write a sonnet about it. Tom
Date: 7/1/2018 7:28:00 AM
I read this and I wonder, was Tom a history teacher or is this his passion? Well written.
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Date: 7/1/2018 7:47:00 AM
Thanks Caren, never a teacher but do have a great love for historical events, haven't been on much, still on holiday, greetings from Turkey, sending sunshine your way. Tom
Date: 6/28/2018 7:51:00 AM
Battles like this shape history for centuries to come! Glorious Sonnet my friend, Tom!
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Date: 6/28/2018 8:46:00 AM
Thank you very much Demetrios, how right you are, if he had lost Spanish or French would be my mother tongue. Tom
Date: 6/27/2018 1:17:00 AM
One of our finest hours, well recorded here, Tom, a fine piece. regards, Viv
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Date: 6/27/2018 9:52:00 AM
Thank you Viv, good job there wasn't cuts to military spending then like there is today . Tom
Date: 6/27/2018 12:42:00 AM
A well penned sonnet based on British history, Tom. A great victory for the British. T.J
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Date: 6/27/2018 9:48:00 AM
Indeed it was Teppo, thank you. Tom.
Date: 6/27/2018 12:03:00 AM
Nice little bit of history that you shared in this something, Tom.
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Date: 6/27/2018 12:16:00 AM
Thank you Carol. Tom.
Date: 6/26/2018 10:23:00 PM
An interesting piece of British History Tom; thanks for sharing this!~Che :)
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Date: 6/26/2018 11:47:00 PM
Thank you Cheryl, happy you enjoyed it. Tom
Date: 6/26/2018 9:26:00 PM
Tom, great sonnet my friend. I learn some things reading this!
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Date: 6/26/2018 11:46:00 PM
Thanks Dave, I like doing historical verse. Tom
Date: 6/26/2018 6:29:00 PM
GREAT ending, to know that HE knew he had had the victory. That is awesome!
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Date: 6/26/2018 8:13:00 PM
Thank you Andrea, also Napoleon kept a bust of Nelson he admired him that much. Tom
Date: 6/26/2018 5:09:00 PM
Tom, an informative poetic narrative. A sonnet of high merit! George
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Date: 6/26/2018 8:06:00 PM
Thank you very much George. Tom.
Date: 6/26/2018 3:03:00 PM
your passion for meaningful events makes this work a most pleasant read, tom...greaat notes!..huggs
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Date: 6/26/2018 8:05:00 PM
Thank you Nette, happy that you enjoyed it. Tom.
Date: 6/26/2018 9:56:00 AM
Hi Tom, After viewing this well written Sonett I felt like was in a classroom. And you were the instructor and you gave a good history lesson on the subject matter. Excellent job:-) Alexis
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Date: 6/26/2018 11:10:00 AM
Thank you very.much Alexis, happy you enjoyed it. Tom