Horatio Nelson Victory

I remember this drawing well. A student of history I was, as battles drew my attention to canvas and charcoal back then.


Horatio Nelson


Aboard his Victory so proud she was a battleship

glory bound in the war of 1805, Cape Trafalgar awaited

his red painted deck as seamen would spill it freely

their blood for liberty.

The canons roared and tore through the decks

destroying the hulls and bows of many a British ship

yet resolve was there will among the brave young

lads who fought the French drenched in sweat

and blood to claim their victory.

For Lord Nelson, Ms Emma weighed heavy on his

heart as the musket ball tore through it and brought

this mighty naval commander and hero to his knees.

In the arms of faithful friend dear Hardy, he breathed

his last words, “thank God I have done my duty”.

And earned himself a place in history,

Today his mighty ship sits dry docked in Portsmouth

for all the world to  see, so history pays homage to

Lord Nelson entombed in St Paul’s gallery, among

many a notable hero, artist and royalty from

previous centuries.


Vincent Moore, May 2013


Horatio Nelson Victory — 4 Comments

    • Oh yes I remember the ship very well. On my visit to England many years ago, I had the opportunity to visit the Victory in dry dock at Portsmouth. I din’t know the reason for the painting of the decks “Red” it was to help the sailors blood blend in so they wouldn’t get sick at the sight of it, so the story is told. Lord Nelson was also given a parcel of land in Italy and a Duchee called Bronte. My dear friend GDW worked there in charge of the winery in the 30’s and into mid 40’s but had to depart due to the threat of the Mussolini government, any British subjects living there were not safe, so he departed with his new wife and first child to Canada. So you see there is history for me about the Bronte and the connection with Lord Nelson.

  1. Your art is amazing and your poetry well reading this I could hear cannon blasting and see those might ships sailing.

    • yes I remember visiting the Victory in Portsmouth England, I was very moved by its majesty and history. I was so pleased to draw Horatio with Emma covering his tired and battled weary heart.