The Death of Nelson
It was October 21st 1805 and Vice Admiral of the White, Lord Horatio Nelson was leading his fleet of warships against the French and Spanish navies off Cape Trafalgar, just before the fighting started Nelson displayed his famous signal "England expects that every man will do his duty".
During the battle his flagship, HMS Victory closed with the French ship Redoutable and soldiers in the fighting tops rained down bullets on the Victory. Nelson was hit in the body and taken below to the Orlop deck where he died four hours later. His body was later preserved in a barrel of fine Brandy for the return to London and a state funeral.
In a wave of celebration around the country monuments were erected to honour Nelson and his deeds. The good Burghers of Liverpool decided on an extravagance designed by a young sculptor, Matthew Coles White, and is more a monument to the rising prowess of Liverpool as a maritime port as much as it is to commemorate the death of Nelson. It was finally unveiled in 1813 and depicts Nelson with death reaching out to him and an angel ready to to take his soul whilst Captain Hardy looks on. Around the base Fench prisoners of war in chains reflect on their position.
These days the monument also serves the secondary purpose of providing a ventilation shaft for a large underground carpark.
Nelson on his pl...