I remember this drawing well. A student of history I was, as battles drew my attention to canvas and charcoal back then.
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
Vincent Moore, May 2013