Sailing into legend

Pickle, HMS Pickle, one of The Nelson and Trafalgar Collection

Hyperlink > Sailing into Legend (HMS Pickle) 04.11.1805

This fine marine painting measures 62 x 47.5 cm [24 1/2 x 18 3/4] oils on canvas board, £4000, available.

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Early on in the morning of the 4 th of November 1805 the schooner HMS Pickle, carrying the official Trafalgar Dispatch sailed herself into a Cornish legend.   

Many scholars have said they doubt the story is true.

It is said with pride in West Cornwall to this day, that as HMS Pickle coasted across Mounts Bay, driven with all sail set even her steering sails and ring-tail, into the sunrise by a light South westerly breeze, her men spoke the epic news to local fishermen.

 

Realising the momentous event was exciting news, the boats stopped fishing, went ashore, thus the first place in England to learn Napoleon’s invasion was not going to happen, learn of the near annihilation of the dreaded Combined Fleet and the tragic death of Nelson was in West Cornwall

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Despite academic doubters, the event is still celebrated in west Cornwall, every year.

A true legend?

We know from documentation HMS Pickle was based at nearby Plymouth, that she regularly patrolled Cornish waters when not employed as a dispatch vessel or on duties for Nelson.

Pickle experienced several chases and engagements with French privateers on that station.

Therefore to Cornish fishermen, she would have been a familiar sight.

From newspapers and gossip, the Cornishmen are likely to have known Pickle was away with Nelson’s fleet, she being one of his hard worked scouts and a fast dispatch vessel.

They would certainly have known a great sea fight was very likely soon.

The crew list suggests much of her crew including her commander were Cornish and Devon men.

Cornwall is now as it was then, one big family, some Pickle crew had probably sung, drank and laughed as sailor men do, with the men fishing that morning in Mounts Bay.

Furthermore, at any wartime dawn the fisher folk would undoubtedly kept a sharp look out and not just for the new day

What is your conclusion dear reader?

Having sailed this waters for many years and lived, worked and played among the people of West Cornwall, I have little doubt the story is true.

 

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This painting is similar in composition to my “Trafalgar Messenger” however the colouring is very different.
I like very much the story behind the picture, so as have many of my most illustrious predecessors with their works, taken two shots, this being the newest and probably final.

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