Collingwood and Nelson

These two great English naval commanders became close friends during the seventeen-seventies; Oliver Warner describes how it was Collingwood who took over Nelson’s command when, in 1805, he died at Trafalgar.

In a small but valuable collection of letters from Vice-Admiral Lord Collingwood which has recently been bequeathed to the British Museum1 there is one from the seaman to his kinsman, Walter Spencer-Stanhope. This was written on March 6th, 1806, within a few months of Trafalgar, and it adds a new fragment of information about the long and deep friendship of two of the greatest men belonging to the classic era of sail.

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