Category All at Sea

He was here with Admiral Nelson

The signal sent from Admiral Nelson’s flagship HMS Victory before the Battle of Trafalgar on Monday 21st October 1805 was simply ‘England expects that every man will do his duty’. The story of the battle has been so well told and published that I’m not going to follow the typical route.  I’m going to briefly […]

Britain becomes Nuclear

It was in January 1947 that a British Government’s cabinet sub-committee decided, in response to an apprehension of American isolationism and fears of Britain losing its great power status, to resume British efforts to build nuclear weapons. A key part of this project, of course, was the need to have a location to test them! […]

A one-way ticket across the Atlantic

Tuesday 21st July 1960 saw the winner of the very first Observer Single-handed Trans-Atlantic Race reach ‘home’. 115 people had expressed an interest in taking part in the race.  In the end there had been eight entries but just five actually took part!  In fact only four were at the starting line on 11th June […]