Trafalgar Night On-line Talk - Tues 20th Oct 2020
Warrant Officer 1st Class Mick Gentry RN gave a very interesting talk about what Trafalgar means to the Service today and how the occasion is marked on board. In the spirit of Nelson (more properly Horatio, Viscount Nelson, Duke of Bronte and Vice Admiral of the White) and his philosophy, the emphasis is still on individual initiative, However, it is fair to say that that much alcohol is consumed on this evening, so there are two celebratory evenings - Trafalgar and Pickle Night - a week apart to ensure the Fleet remains functional at all times.
Participants had a glass of port ready for the traditional silent toast to "The Immortal Memory", followed by a discussion on the truths and myths that have grown up over 215 years around both Nelson and Napoleon, with many facts being expounded - such as that the normal fleet Ensigns of the Blue and Red were changed by Nelson on the eve of the battle to just the White so there would be no confusion with the French or Spanish vessels.
For those that could not participate, Mick's talk is attached as a PDF.