Videos about Horatio Nelson and HMS Victory

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A Brief History of Lord Nelson

In this video we explore the life of Horatio Lord Nelson and how and why he became such a icon of British history and national identity.

A Safer Berth – Re-supporting HMS Victory

First of three films charting the multi-million pound task of re-supporting Nelson’s flagship HMS Victory.

Produced by Maritime Films UK for The National Museum of the Royal Navy.

Admiral Horatio Nelson - From Boy to Frigate (Part 1)

A look at the opening years of the life of Admiral Horatio Nelson

Admiral Horatio Nelson - From Captain to Victory (Part 2)

A look at the most famous part of Nelson's career, covering the period from the Battle of Cape St Vincent to the start of the Trafalgar campaign.

Admiral Lord Nelson -Intermediate

There is a statue of Nelson in the heart of London. It stands high above the buildings that surround it. It was built to show a nation’s love of one of its greatest military men – a sailor who beat Napoleon Bonaparte and stopped the French advance across Europe. But Nelson was not only a hero. He had a romance which was almost as famous as his battles.

Admiral Lord Nelson (1758-1805) UK Flag officer Royal Navy

Vice Admiral Horatio Nelson, 1st Viscount Nelson, 1st Duke of Bronté, KB (29th September 1758 - 21st October 1805) was a British flag officer in the Royal Navy. He was noted for his inspirational leadership, grasp of strategy, and unconventional tactics, which together resulted in a number of decisive British naval victories, particularly during the Napoleonic Wars. He was wounded several times in combat, losing the sight in one eye in Corsica and most of one arm in the unsuccessful attempt to conquer Santa Cruz de Tenerife. He was shot and killed during his final victory at the Battle of Trafalgar near the port city of Cádiz in 1805.

Admiral Nelson & The Battle of Copenhagen 1801

Admiral Horatio Nelson, under the command of Admiral Sir Hyde Parker aimed to smash the armed neutrality of the north by defeating the Danes at Copenhagen. Nelson described it as the hardest battle he had ever fought. Events would later prove that the battle need never have been taken place.

Admiral Nelson & The Battle of Santa Cruz 1797

July 1797, high on the victory off Cape St Vincent, the new Admiral, Nelson is sent on a special mission to Santa Cruz on the island of Tenerife. He was to lose more than the battle...

Admiral Nelson & The Battle of the Nile 1798

1st of August 1798 the British Fleet under the command of Admiral Nelson defeat the French at Aboukir Bay, Egypt.

A Tour of HMS Victory From VHS tape 1993

A tour of HMS Victory, Nelson's flagship at the Battle of Trafalgar. With guide - Terry Hill

Battle Of Trafalgar - 200 Year Celebration

Admiral Horatio Lord Nelson - TV Special showing the celebrations, All the different ships and fireworks etc

Battle Stations HMS Victory (War History Documentary)

Battle Stations: HMS Victory (War History Documentary)

An examination of Nelson's legendary flagship HMS Victory, launched in 1765 and decommissioned in 1812.
The HMS Victory would play a crucial role in the foremost naval engagement in 19th century maritime history, the Battle of Trafalgar.

History of the Royal Navy - Wooden Walls (1600-1805)

HMS Victory: A NEVER-BEFORE-SEEN Look Under Nelson's Flagship!

Visitors will be able to see Lord Nelson's famous flagship from below for the first time when Portsmouth Historic Dockyard reopens later this month. HMS Victory, best-known for her part in the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805, underwent the work as part of a £35m conservation project. It includes new supports to stop the 3,600-tonne ship from collapsing under her own weight.

HMS VICTORY  Vice Admiral Horatio Nelson

HMS Victory Portsmouth Historic Dockyard Hampshire

HMS Victory - Berthing Safely

HMS VICTORY Celebration Broadside 

To celebrate the amalgamation of Royal Navy museums, a rolling broadside was fired by HMS Victory. This was set up and fired by HFM Pyrotechnics in conjunction with The Master Gunner Ltd. HFM are a specialist pyrotechnics display company experienced in this type of activity. The filming and editing has been undertaken by Avalon Video Productions

HMS Victory in her True Colours

On the eve of the 210th anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar, the repainting of HMS Victory is drawing to a close and this short film captures her new look with time-lapse and background interviews with the team involved and the research supporting it.

HMS Victory Jibboom Removal

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As part of the ongoing work to conserve HMS Victory, this video shows the latest stage in the mast removal work, as the jib-boom is removed.

HMS Victory – the world's most famous warship

The Royal Navy's 104-gun HMS Victory is the oldest commissioned warship in the world. She is best known as being Vice-Admiral Horatio Nelson's flagship at the Battle of Trafalgar on 21 October 1805.

From 1778 and 1812, HMS Victory was involved in five naval battles with Trafalgar being the final and most famous of these. She was commissioned for service in the American War of Independence and during the French Revolutionary War she was Admiral Jervis’s flagship at the Battle of Cape St Vincent. She is the only surviving ship to have fought in the Napoleonic Wars, the French Revolutionary War, and the American War of Independence.

First Battle of Ushant (1778)
Second Battle of Ushant (1781)
Battle of Cape Spartel (1782)
Battle of Cape St Vincent (1797)
Battle of Trafalgar (1805)

Horatio Nelson & The Battle of Cape St Vincent 1797

On the 14th of February 1797, Admiral Sir John Jervis engaged the Spanish fleet off Cape St Vincent. The actions of Horatio Nelson during the battle saw the beginning of his legend.

Horatio Nelson at Toulon & Corsica 1793-4

Captain Nelson visits Naples seeking troops to assist at Toulon and removes the French from Corsica; however the personal cost is high.

Horatio Nelson Biography - The life of Horatio Nelson Documentary

Nelson - Britains Great Naval Hero 

A fresh look at the remarkable rise of Horatio Nelson, uncovering the scandals, military failures and secrets behind the Battle of Trafalgar's most famous Admiral. The film explores how the establishment of the day sought to make this complex character a symbol of maritime superiority, but also asks what sort of country Nelson was fighting for

Nelsons Trafalgar (Britain’s Greatest Naval Hero)  Timeline

Nelson’s Trafalgar examines the man behind the legend, his affair with Lady Hamilton – one of the great romances of history, and the dark side of a hero whose exploits were described by his contemporaries as both ‘glorious’ and ‘a stain on the national honour’. Admiral Horatio Nelson is Britain’s greatest naval hero. His determination, daring and humanity became a legend even before his overwhelming victory and death at the Battle of Trafalgar when he was elevated to the status of Godhead. Courageous, charismatic, passionate, ruthless, a true statesman – according to his admirers. Vain, self important, melancholic, irrational, a modern day suicide bomber – according to his critics. 

Born in Norfolk, he experienced the death of his beloved mother at the age of nine, a loss he felt for the rest of his life. He went to sea at the age of 12, was a full captain at 21 and become overall command of British Naval forces in the West Indies by the time he was 28. He was one of Britain’s first national heroes receiving much adulation wherever he went. His victory over the French at the Battle of the Nile on 1791 established him as an immortal hero and he became known as ‘Nelson of the Nile’. It was at the Battle of the Nile where he first met Lady Hamilton, who he had an affair and then an illegitimate daughter with. On returning to Britain he bought a house for himself and Lady Hamilton in Merton, which her husband ‘Sir William Hamilton’ also lived with them until his death in 1903. His victories, however did not come without injury, most famously he lost the sight of his right eye, and his right arm was amputated during battle without the use of anaesthetic. He predicted his death at Trafalgar, and had a coffin specially made. When he was shot he said ‘I believe they’ve done it at last’. He survived his horrendous wounds for three and a half hours – just long enough to learn that victory had been won. He was 47 years old.

On board HMS Victory with a Go Pro

National Museum of the Royal Navy - We're testing out a new way to make HMS Victory more accessible. Using a Go Pro, we went on board to do some filming and here's a sneak peek at what happened.

The Battle of The Glorious First of June 1794

1794 - After the failed harvest the France organises for a desperately needed grain convoy to cross the Atlantic. British Admiral Lord Howe is sent to intercept the French and although the British win the fight, the tactical victory goes to France.

Time-lapse footage of HMS Victory Mast Removal

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Watch our time-lapse footage of HMS Victory's fore topsail yard and fore topgallant-yard masts being removed from the ship. Again, with unique footage from the crane hook looking down on the ship!

Timewatch  Myths of Nelsons Navy (BBC 2000)

Trafalgar & The Death of Nelson 1805

21st October 1805 Admiral Lord Nelson defeats a combined French and Spanish fleet off Cape Trafalgar. During the battle he is shot and later dies of his wounds.