HMS Pickle trafalgar weekend and summer living history at Buckler’s Hard
Buckler’s Hard will start the summer with a bumper maritime weekend on July 13th – 14th with the arrival of a tall ship – the full-size replica of Battle of Trafalgar’s HMS Pickle – as well as a model boat display celebrating its proud nautical history.
The distinguished topsail schooner will sail along the Beaulieu River to moor at Buckler’s Hard for the weekend, giving a taste of life in Nelson’s Navy. Inside the Maritime Museum, visitors can see one of only two scale models of HMS Pickle – the second was presented to the Queen in 1958 as a gift for the young Prince Charles. Both models were built by a Royal Navy serviceman, whose grandson has loaned one to the Buckler’s Hard museum.
HMS Pickle fact file
- Captain John Richards Lapenotière, who was in command of HMS Pickle at the Battle of Trafalgar, had previously served as Master’s Mate on HMS Santa Margarita which had been rebuilt at Buckler’s Hard by Master Shipbuilder Henry Adams in 1793.
- HMS Pickle inspired Roger Laing’s The Ballad of the Pickle, which started with the words: ‘Make haste, little Pickle’ the Admiral said, ‘Go and tell England that Nelson is dead.’ It told the tale of the ship’s journey back to England. ‘So fly, gallant schooner and shake out all sail, For you carry great tidings and canvas-clad mail.’
- The HMS Pickle replica was built in St Petersburg in 1996 to commemorate the 300th anniversary of the founding of the Russian Navy by Peter the Great. She was launched as the schooner Alevtina Tuy and converted for the Trafalgar bi-centennial celebrations. She has since undergone extensive repairs to bring her back to life and usually moors on the River Humber in Hull.
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