“The Trafalgar Dispatch” – HMS Pickle, a charming calm new picture now available in print of the Royal Navy’s most famous ‘little ship’, distinguished as the ‘Trafalgar Messenger‘, the vessel that race the Trafalgar Dispatch to England.
The story of an historic moment, 4th November 1805, and the painting.
A number of people said they would like a Pickle picture in calm weather so now we can offer alternatives of the pair.
A new painting of HMS Pickle is in preparation.
My connection with HMS Pickle goes back a long way and includes a lengthy commission for HMS Victory which resulted in some great pictures (several available as heritage prints from page
Following a recent order for a large copy of the picture HMS Pickle carrying the news of Trafalgar including a remarque I wrote the following to describe the remaque and reveal a little known but interesting piece of history.
The picture in question is “I have urgent dispatches“.
We are some times asked if a model of the ubiquitous HMS Pickle is available?
Subsequently and our thanks to this person, we have discovered a source of Pickle models!
Reproduced here, an article kindly sent to us by Sally C McElwreath written by Rear Admiral Joeseph Callo USNR (Ret.) written for the authorative American magazine SEA HISTORY 132, AUTUMN 2010, (National Maritime Historical Society) which includes the renowned painting “I have urgent dispatches,” by Gordon Frickers,
available as a signed numbered edition from page: http://www.frickers.co.uk/prints.html ~ you can order easily and securely on line using PayPal.