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A Fortuitous Meeting - water colour

A Fortuitous Meeting - water colour

​Inspired by this account: On August 25th 1793 Captain Horatio Nelson, on HMS Agamemnon, was sent to Turin and Naples to inform British ministers of Vice Admiral Hood’s reliance on Spain and Sardinia to hold Toulon. Along the way he fell in with HMS Tartar and learned Hood needed troops as a republican army was approaching Toulon, fresh from the sack of Marseilles. Nelson’s charm, determination and professionalism helped him to obtain Neapolitan troops under the recent alliance: with Sir William Hamilton’s support he secured 4000 men before Hood’s official request

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