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The Boats That Built Britain (Special Edition)

For all of you who were interested in the creation of this wonderful and successful BBC documentary series by Tom Cunliffe and Form Films – thank you!

For those who are unfamiliar with Nelson and HMS Victory here is a pop up photo Gordon took a couple of years ago of HMS VictoryVictory_stb_side_e_IMG_1884.JPG

Here is the whole series in case you want to watch it again and again available as a DVD on Amazon price £19.99.


You may recall Gordon Frickers appeared briefly as an expert on Trafalgar speaking about Pickle‘s commander?
The picture  “I have urgent dispatches”  also featured during the programme about the news of Trafalgar and the literally dashing schooner Pickle.

The dramatic “I have urgent dispatches” is available from this web site as a signed numbered edition.

You can view and order online your copy of the renowned “I have urgent dispatches”  on page



Back in the mid 1990’s Gordon had the unique honour of working for HMS Victory to produce a series of paintings on the “lesser known but interesting aspects of Nelson and Victory“.

In part this was to raise funds for the further preservation and restoration of HMS Victory.

It was a very remarkable time for Gordon and an exciting time to be around Victory.

She had just come under the care of Peter Goodwin who as Keeper and Curator was to carry out much very remarkable research and restoration on Victory.

Gordon did and still does contribute actively to Peter’s research and work.

Gordon Frickers research took him (some times still does) to many parts of England, France and Spain.

The resaerch produced results, some very original and myth busting,  that Lt Cmdr Cheshire, the then commander of HMS Victory described in the letter of introduction he gave Gordon to carry, as  “important”.

Much but not all of Gordon’s research appears on this web site in the further reading sections.

Two of the Victory series paintings have appeared in a number of books so are quietly famous and are available from this web site as signed numbered editions.

One of course is our friend


The other is the awesome and slightly spooky  “Trafalgar Dawn”


You can see some of the results of Gordon’s work for Victory on page


We still have a few copies left and you can collect one securely online from this web site page


You can read the some times surprising stories behind these astonishing paintings on their web site pages by following the links – “further reading”.


Gordon continues from time to time to work on the Trafalgar and Georgian navy theme.

Currently he has near completion a new version of Trafalgar dawn, a French perspective.

The painting shows for the first time and as the result of some extraordinary research the entire British fleet as much as they appeared to the French at about 06.20 on that fateful Monday 21st October 1805.

Watch this blog, a new photo of the progress will appear soon.

If you are a descendant of a Trafalgar person or collect Georgian navy pictures this will be a MUST for you!

Also near completion, a duel between 4 frigates and the loss of the Nuestra Senora de las Mercedes, a Spanish vessel which sank during the engagement in 1804 taking with it a seriously huge treasure and causing Spain to enter the Napoleonic wars on the side of France.

Now las Mercedesappears to have beenrediscovered by Odyssey Marine Exploration, Inc. (NasdaqCM: OMEX), a pioneer in the field of deep-ocean exploration and called by them Project Black Swan.

An historic deep-ocean treasure recovery of over 500,000 silver and gold coins, weighing 17 tons.

This recovery is now deep in a huge legal dispute.

Quelle surprise!?

While normally such is quite boring unless one is involved this dispute is worth following and includes embarrassing disclosures by Wikieleaks!

Odyssey’s shipwreck operations are the subject of a Discovery Channel television series titled “Treasure Quest,” produced by JWM Productions.

The 12-episode first season aired worldwide in 2009.


Also nearing completion is “Nelson at Gibraltar“.

A very unusual composition showing the then Commodore  Nelson transferring from HMS Captain to HMS Minerve to the order of Admiral Jervis.

Nelson was quite unaware he was about to embark on a very eventful voyage leading directly to world fame.

Jervis was already famous, Minerve and Captain also became so.

All the above paintings have great stories behind them and will be told here on our “further reading” pages when the finished paintings are displayed.


Gordon was filmed aboard HMS Victory, in Nelson’s magnificent day cabin.

The story of the filming was blogged on as Portsmouth, HMS Victory and Pickle on Saturday, December 5th, 2009.

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