National Geographic : 1938 Jan
SHIPS, FROM DUGOUTS TO DREADNOUGHTS aI © Wide World, from Topical Press UNDER FULL SAIL A MODEL OF ADMIRAL HORATIO NELSON'S FLAGSHIP "VICTORY" CRUISES ALONG ENGLAND'S SOUTH COAST On board the 50-foot scale model appears the head of the helmsman. Others of the 24 officers and mid shipmen comprising the crew are below deck. Because she is heeling to the breeze, "guns" on the lower deck have been pulled in and the ports closed. Built at Portsmouth in 1930, this baby reproduction of the heroic Admiral's flagship takes part in Navy Week celebrations. In the engagement at Trafalgar on October 21, 1805, a shot from the French ship Redoutable struck Nelson as he paced the quarter-deck of the Victory, mor tally wounding him. In this fight he hoisted the famous signal: "England expects that every man will do his duty." The original Victory is preserved at Portsmouth, England, and the spot on which the Admiral fell is pointed out to visitors.