Nelson & His World

Discussion on the life and times of Admiral Lord Nelson
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 Post subject: 'Nelson's' sword found on the wreck of Victoria
PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2012 10:01 pm 
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This was posted on the Mail online a few days ago:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article ... z1kykj9YJS

I'm rather doubtful of this claim and it also begs a number of questions. For example, why have we not heard of a 'Nelson' sword being aboard the Victoria before? If this is a genuine Nelson relic, why was Admiral Tryon allowed such a national treasure aboard his flagship in any case? Also, if it is genuine which, of the number of swords that belonged to his Lordship, is it?

The sword itself has a distinctive hilt, without a guard and, as the article says, is similar to the one borne by the statue on Nelson's Column. Although I believe Nelson had one similar to this, one authority has already stated that, in his opinion, the one found on the wreck is a flag officer's sword from the 1890's. The obvious has crossed my mind! :roll:

What do others think?

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