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British Sailor'.s Flag of Nations Woolwork, HMS Trafalgar, 91 Guns


British Sailor's Flag of Nations Woolwork,

HMS Trafalgar, 91 Guns,

Circa 1865.


A charming British Sailor's Woolwork woolie depicting the HMS Trafalgar under full sail with HMS Trafalgar 91 Guns sewn below the oval central panel.  A central panel  depicts a starboard side view of the ship under full sail flying the Red Ensign and a red banner from the Main Mast with a Royal crown above.


The panel enclosed above with a series of flags including a White Ensign, the American Stars & Stripes, the flag of Naples, the Union Jack, the flag of Turkey and of France and a Blue Ensign amongst others.


In 1859 the 1st Rate Trafalgar was cut down and reduced to a double decker ship as seen in this wool.  She was also fitted with steam propulsion.


Dimensions: 25 1/4 inches wide x 19 1/4 inches high x 1 inch deep. (64.14 cm wide x 48.90 cm high)


HMS Trafalgar was a ship of the line of the Royal Navy, launched on 21 June 1841 at Woolwich Dockyard. HMS Trafalgar was the last ship to complete the successful Caledonia class.


The ship was named by Lady Bridport, niece of Lord Nelson at the request of Queen Victoria, who with Prince Albert also attended the launch. The wine used was some kept from HMS Victory after returning from Trafalgar. Five hundred people were on board the ship at the time of its launch, of whom 100 had been at Trafalgar. It was estimated 500,000 people came to watch the event and the Thames was covered for miles with all manner of boats. The launch was the subject of the most notable work by Woolwich-based artist William Ranwell.


Trafalgar was fitted with screw propulsion in 1859 and cutdown to a double decker.


The London Times reported on the 10 February 1859, that the Trafalgar, 120 was in dock at Chatham, being converted into a 90-gun screw steamer which was nearly complete and she would  be ready to be undocked the following month, when it was understood she would be attached to the Channel fleet.







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