Forever associated with Admiral Nelsons final and most historic victory, the Battle of Trafalgar 1805, the Pickle was chosen to carry the News of Nelsons victory and death back to England. Commanded by Lieutenant John Richards Lapenotiere, the Pickle was not directly involved in the Battle of Trafalgar but was permanently busy rescuing both friend and foe from watery deaths. By 6pm the muster list for the Pickle showed a total of 160 prisoners taken on-board, the majority coming from the burning French Achille. Given the size of the Pickle and the fact that she had a crew of just 40, it is remarkable that Lapenotiere was not only able to rescue so many, but that they also able to prevent prisoner riot. Between the 22nd and 25th of October, Lapenotiere continued rescuing seaman and prisoners and also began offloading them to other ships, including Dreadnought, Euryalus, Revenge and Victory, all the while battling to survive the storm that was blowing in from the south west.
On the morning of the 26th of October in 1805, Lapenotiere was signaled to come aboard the Euryalus, where he received written orders from Collingwood to sail for Plymouth with the dispatches. Knowing that the bearer of dispatches would receive a promotion, it was customary to choose a favoured officer for the task. Collingwoods choice of Lapenotiere is often attributed to an act of gratitude. Collingwood thanked Lapenotiere and spoke If ever I have the opportunity I will do you a service.
Now I have kept my word. This is also founded by Collingwoods letter to William Marsden , which states, dispatches containing the account of the Action of the 21st Inst, and detailing the proceedings of the Fleet to the 24th will be delivered to you by Lieut Lapenotiere, commanding the Pickle Schooner having no means of speedier, or safer Conveyance with me at present. At noon the same day, Lapenotiere and the Pickle departed for England, but his voyage was nothing short of a challenge. For the next seven days, the Pickle battled through stormy seas and, with her pumps blocked, the crew was reduced to forming a human chain in order to bale with buckets. On October 31st, with continuing gale force winds, Lapenotiere ordered four of his 12 pounder carronades to be thrown overboard in an attempt to keep the schooner from being swallowed by the sea.
November 2nd brought weather of the opposite extreme, but still no rest for the crew. With calm seas and no wind, the sweeps had to be employed just to keep Pickle heading toward England. 1805, the Pickle finally reached Falmouth. From this point Lapenotiere set off on his now famous post chaise, using at least 21 changes of horses to travel more than 270 miles in 37 hours, earning more than six months wages for a Lieutenant.
Lapenotiere reached his the Admiralty around 1am on the 6th November and announced to William Marsden, First Secretary to the Admiralty, Sir, we have gained a great victory, but we have lost Lord Nelson. The HM Schooner Pickle kit includes d. This brand new kit comes with detailed English instructions, though the.Is best for intermediate to advanced builders! Our Ships and Kits Make Great Gifts and Projects!
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