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A Small PIECE of HMS VICTORY Nelson's FLAGSHIP

  • Closed: Sun 24 Jun 2012, 9:15 am
Listing #: 485374446
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This TINY Copper medallion contains actual "Victory Copper" IE removed from the hull of HMS Victory during her restoration 100 years after the death of Britain's most celebrated sailor

HMS Victory the immortal ship of Britain's most famous Naval hero MIXED WITH metal from his OTHER Flagship "HMS Foudroyant" which had served Nelson as his flagship from 1799-1801


Medallion RETAINS it's original GOLD PLATING (Rubbed-AWAY on 95% of ALL that I have seen) As these were WORN with PRIDE & were worn-away

SIZE = 16 mm by 20 mm

Complete cladding with copper of the underwater hull of a ship had been first used on HMS Alarm in 1761 to prevent attack of the wooden hull by the Teredo worm in tropical waters

The Copper was also found to reduce biofouling of the hull very significantly which gave ships a great advantage of speed when compared with those dragging round a vast growth of marine weed.
The cladding kept ships in commission at times when others had to be dry-docked or careened on a shore for hull scraping. This significantly enlarged the effective strength of the Royal Navy.

In 1905 the B.F.S.S. (British & Foreign Sailor's Society) was instrumental in the program of events for the Nelson Centennial

A fund was set up known as 'The Nelson Centenary Memorial Fund' & the King, who took a great interest in the Society, allowed his initials (ERVII) to be stamped on the souvenirs.
The subscribers to the fund were able to acquire medals & badges for the donations & collections

The larger medals/badges were given for 5 shillings & upwards, the small Victory charm (16.5mm) to everyone sending 1 shilling or more

Provision was also made for a Victory Shield (for 5. 5s = five Guineas) for schools to award annually to a boy or girl for success

Copper was also used to make Nelson busts which were available for donations of £50

The remaining copper from H.M.S. FOUDROYANT was also acquired & used to provide HMS Victory souvenirs for the boys & girls of the Empire

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  • Seller location: North Shore, Auckland, NZ

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Closes: Sun 24 Jun, 9:15 am. 2012