#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.

For an unexpected look at the history of Trafalgar, listen to the Trafalgar podcast!

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