Explorers raise hope of Nelson ‘treasure trove’ on Victorian shipwreck
Lord Nelson is one of the most famous officers of the Royal Navy. Nelson participated in battles in the American Revolutionary War, the French Revolutionary War and the Napoleonic Wars. Nelson was fatally wounded during the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. Jasper Copping of the Telegraph reports on the discovery of Lord Nelson artefacts in the Mediterranean.
Now, an explorer believes he has found Lord Nelson’s weapon on the wreck of a British warship 500 feet below the surface of the Mediterranean.
The diver thinks the sword is amongst a haul of artefacts linked to the admiral which was on board HMS Victoria when it sank in 1893.
The vessel was lost, along with 358 sailors, after a disastrous blunder by Vice Admiral George Tryon led to it colliding with another British warship as they were preparing to anchor during peacetime manoeuvres off the coast of Lebanon.
The vice admiral was a great admirer of Nelson, who had died 88 years earlier, and was rumoured to have had on board with him a collection of his hero’s personal effects, which he was reported to have bought at auction.