H.M.S. “Pickle”, “I have Urgent Dispatches”

The Trafalgar Collection ~ Available as a signed limited edition print from £157.00 inc P&P

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 A ‘full on’ marine painting measuring 63 x 91  cm (28″ x 36″), oils on canvas, available price upon application.

This schooner was emerging damaged, from a heavy Biscay gale,  sailing into history with the unlikely name of HMS Pickle.

She was involved in an historic race.
This was not yachting.

Urgent Dispatches detail

My painting “I Have Urgent Dispatches” is available as a superb fine art print on canvas, signed, numbered, for the look and feel of the original.
Available from my ‘Marine Art Prints’ page from £157.00 inc P&P

Owner of the Hms Pickle replica Mal Nicholson wrote “I opened your well packed print earlier today and all is well, it looks superb thank you!

As shown here, she was chased in the notoriously stormy autumnal Bay of Biscay, October 1805, HMS “Pickle” recognised the other ship as British. She hoisted the most dramatic signal of her career by flying the ‘new’ 1803 secrete code signal flags 2214 which read as I have urgent dispatches” meaning do not delay me’.

I Have Urgent Dispatches , detail of signal 2214
Signal for your print via the Print Gallery page on the menu above.

I was official marine artist to HMS Victory from 1994 to 1998.

Fit for a Princess: Print copy No 1 framed with a menu, was presented to The Princess Royal, Princess Anne at HMS Seahawk mess, RNAS Culdrose, a dinner given in her honour in appreciation of her able assistance during the 200 th anniversary of Trafalgar and the recreation of HMS Pickle’s historic voyage with the Trafalgar dispatches.
Signale der Seefahrt
Signale der Seefahrt


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Detail from H.M. Schooner "Pickle", carrying the news of the Battle of Trafalgar  Detail from H.M. Schooner "Pickle", carrying the news of the Battle of Trafalgar  Detail from H.M. Schooner "Pickle", carrying the news of the Battle of Trafalgar  Detail from H.M. Schooner "Pickle", carrying the news of the Battle of Trafalgar

This original marine painting was produced for Victory 2005 and has become the iconic image of the famous HMS Pickle  having featured in numerous articles and several books, example,

The painting & the schooner

“I Have Urgent Dispatches” does and is likely to continue to appeared in books and a few journals (magazines), TV and videos and continues to sell steadily as a popular signed numbered edition.
By the way the copyright is mine, licences can be issued as appropriate.


The Royal Navy’s most celebrated Schooner,  HMS Pickle.

In the notoriously stormy autumnal Bay of Biscay

the schooner “Pickle” when chased then recognising the other ship was British so HMS Pickle commenced signalling her dramatic news by flying the 1805 code signal flags 2214 meaning I have urgent dispatches” meaning ‘do not delay me’. 

H.M. Schooner “Pickle“ was first with the news of the victory at Battle of Trafalgar and death of Nelson.

HMS Pickle arrived at Falmouth, Cornwall on the 4th of November 1805, a date still celebrated in the Royal Navy as “Pickle Night“.


HMS Pickle is a great ‘communication’ story, then and now,  and Pickle was the sort of size modern yachtsmen can relate to.

My brief included working closely with the official Keeper and curator of HMS Victory, Peter Goodwin, looking at the lesser known interesting stories surrounding HMS Victory.

Before settling on the likely appearance of HMS Pickle I carried out very extensive research and consultations into schooners of the period.


You can discover much more about HMS Pickle by following the “Further Reading” link below.

In Print:

This fine picture is available as a signed numbered Heritage print from www.frickers.co.uk Print gallery.


The Keeper and Curator of H.M.S. Victory, Peter Goodwin said, “so convincing it makes me feel I could punch the canvas“. He added “it was Gordon Frickers who opened my eyes to the possibilities of paintings“.

  1. Trafalgar 200 commemorations: A large version, print number 1 was presented to Princess Anne the Princess Royal by officers of the Royal Naval Air Service, Culdrose, at a Trafalgar night dinner given in appreciation of her support of Trafalgar 2005 and the reenactment of the route of Pickle‘s  captain, Lieutenant John Richard Lapenotiere.

Princess Anne: Her secretary at Buckingham Palace said to officers at RNAS Culdrose: “the Princess was delighted to receive this beautiful picture”, “The Princess was over the moon”.

2. 28.01.16
The owner and some of the crew of the replica Hms Pickle, a great educational resource for children of all ages so that includes me, at present in NE England, have chosen large copies of “I Have Urgent Dispatches”, as have several Admirals and many other good folk.

Gordon Frickers, 16.01.15: “I am honoured to discover people saying this picture has becoming a part of the Nelson story.

You can be part of the story, by owning a print of this definitive painting”.

Further Reading If you love a good yarn and wish to discover more about HMS Pickle follow our link.

I have urgent dispatches” remains a popular print available via this web site Print Gallery price from £157.00

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Further Reading …

Lest we forget: “It is upon the Navy under the Providence of God that the safety, honour and welfare of this realm do chiefly depend” – from the Articles of War (1652) read weekly to all Royal Navy ships crews for 300 years.

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