Pickle, signalling “I have Urgent Dispatches”, this is not yachting.
This famous vessel H M Schooner Pickle is as shown here, based upon her log book.
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is emerging from a Biscay storm damaged, leaking, she will race HMS Nautilus , to sail into history with her unlikely name of HMS Pickle.
Pickle is hoisting the most dramatic signal of her career by flying the ‘new’ 1803 secret code signal flags 2214 which read as “I have urgent dispatches” meaning ‘do not delay me’.
Pickle has just become involved in an historic race.
This is not yachting.
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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.
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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!”
The signal :
As shown here, HMS Pickle, the second Royal Navy ‘Pickle’ of five, is being chased in the notoriously stormy autumnal Bay of Biscay October 1805.
HMS “Pickle” recognised another ship as British.
Pickle hoisted the most dramatic signal of her career flying the ‘new’ 1803 secret code signal flags 2214 which read as “I have urgent dispatches” meaning ‘do not delay me’.
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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 authoritative books.
The painting & the schooner :
I chose this scene for several sound reasons.
HMS Pickle is a great ‘communication’ story, then and now, a race and Pickle was the sort of size modern yachtsmen can relate to.
This is the Royal Navy’s most celebrated Schooner, HMS Pickle in the autumnal, notoriously stormy 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“.
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.
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”.
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”.
- 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 re-enactment of the route of Pickle‘s captain, Lieutenant John Richard Lapenotiere
The owner :
and some of the crew of the replica schooner Hms Pickle, a great educational resource for children of all ages has chosen a 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 signed, numbered fine art print of this definitive painting.
“I have urgent dispatches” remains a popular print available via this web site Print Gallery price from £167.00
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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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