Uruguay ambassador opens new Buckler’s Hard exhibition for nelson’s favourite ship, HMS Agamemnon
Uruguay Ambassador César Rodriguez Zavalla and Naval Defence Attaché Captain Frederick Fontanot were given a tour of the historic riverside village of Buckler’s Hard on a visit to open its new HMS Agamemnon – Navigating the Legend exhibition.
The Uruguay guests of honour were shown the film of the story in the Shipwrights Workshop, where it can now be seen by visitors to Buckler’s Hard alongside a model of the 64-gun ship. More fascinating artefacts from HMS Agamemnon, Nelson and the village’s shipbuilding heyday can be seen inside Buckler’s Hard Museum.
HMS Agamemnon was built at Buckler’s Hard from 2,000 oaks and launched there in 1781. She fought in the Battle of Trafalgar and served the Royal Navy for nearly 30 years, before sadly sinking without trace after being wrecked off the coast of Uruguay. She was only rediscovered in 1993.
Mary Montagu-Scott said: “I have always dreamt of seeing this wreck, as HMS Agamemnon is the only surviving wreck of a ship built at Buckler’s Hard in the world.
She added: “This project has the full support of the British Embassy in Montevideo and we are delighted that they sponsored our exhibition film to promote the project and the sharing of this important Royal Navy cultural heritage.
“Everyone is volunteering their time to the project and if permission is given to carry out the survey, funding will have to be raised to pay the costs of the project such as equipment and travel to Uruguay.”
Visit the exhibition for free
Following changes that took place at Buckler’s Hard last year, the HMS Agamemnon – Navigating the Legend exhibition can be seen for free in the Shipwrights Workshop, along with free access to the grounds of Buckler’s Hard village, the Shipwright’s Cottage and charming St Mary’s Chapel, with its smugglers’ cellar beside the altar.
Until October 30th, step on board the River Cruise to explore the timeless tranquility of the village and enjoy the stunning scenery from the water. It’s the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
Drop anchor and find refreshments with the new menu at The Captain’s Table, where you can tuck into a delicious cooked breakfast, tasty lunch or sumptuous afternoon tea. Or pick up a snack, ice cream or hot drink at any time during the day.
For tickets and details click here or call 01590 616203.
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