#On This Day – Trafalgar
Tuesday, June 25th, 2019
25 June is #DayoftheSeafarer. Organised by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), the day calls upon everyone in the maritime world to get on board with a specific theme; 2018 was based on seafarers wellbeing , 2017’s theme was seafarers matter, and this year its gender equality and empowering women in the maritime community. The day was established in 2010 as a way to recognise the unique contribution that seafarers all over the world have made to international sea trade, world economy, and society. People can show their support via the hashtag #IamOnBoard.
What may not be so well known is that Horatio Nelson, as a young boy, served for a short time on a merchant ship, HMS Mary Ann, which was sailing to the West Indies in 1771. Whilst it was unusual for a potential officer to serve in the merchant navy it did give Nelson some practical experience, both in terms of seamanship and on board camaraderie.
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