Join the men, women and children that fought against the rising threat of Napoleon’s naval ambitions. From shore to sea the Royal Navy of the late 18th, early 19th Century stood as a bulwark against the strife of the European continent keeping our citizens, trade routes and colonial concerns safe from piracy, pilfering and most awful of all, the French! Fresh from their Révolution Française the French were rapidly rebuilding a torn country as a Republic and creating a massive Empire under the guidance of the Napoleon Bonaparte after he replaced the Directory in 1799.
Napoleon’s ambitions created much of the modern world, but at the time heralded a period of consternation among the British (and others) who stood opposed to him and his growing Regime. Leading the way in Britain’s military were such characters as Field Marshal Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington and Horatio Nelson, 1st Viscount Nelson.
Join us as we show the lifestyle and period of Nelson’s Navy, for men and women the life can be very far removed from our own. No welfare state, no support or assistance and an ever increasing divide between the wealthy and the poor lead many to seek a life in the Royal Navy which, for all it’s hardships offered some succour; even for those unfortunate enough to find themselves impressed into service.