October 22, 2009 at 4:01 pm 1 comment

Ok! so here I am in Houston and my “worry room” has expanded to a huge apartment complex. One of my friends 🙂 was worried that Chris would need pyschiatric treatment after spending intense time with “that woman” so I have been trying to make myself scarce for some of the day .

As noted before, I come to the Internet Cafe in the complex and catch up on line and do the obligatory emails. I often pop over to TWB as he takes my mind away from the worry for a little bit he makes me smile and makes me think.

Yesterday I mentioned it was Trafalgar Day ( maybe the reason he had been celebrating 😉 and he has kindly researched the fact that around Trafalgar Square

The Battle of Trafalgar in 1805 was the most decisive British naval victory of the Napoleonic Wars (1803–1815). Twenty-seven British ships of the line led (click map to enlarge) by Admiral Lord Nelson aboard HMS Victory defeated thirty-three French and Spanish ships of the line under French Admiral Pierre Villeneuve off the south-west coast of Spain, just west of a place named Cape Trafalgar (oddly enough). The Franco-Spanish fleet lost twenty-two ships, without a single British vessel being lost.
Nelson was mortally wounded during the battle, becoming Britain’s greatest war hero of the time and then only succeeded by Wellington himself. The commander of the joint French and Spanish forces, Admiral Pierre de Villeneuve, was captured along with his ship Bucentaure.

my information re the cannons of the “Fr**nch do indeed adorn the square in one form or another :

as I mention in the comments section, each street lamp running from Trafalgar Square to Buckingham Place has a ship on it that was defeated by Nelson.

Old captured weapons adorn the streets of London, it was indeed common practice to spike and use them or melt them down, using them as trophies of sorts. None more so than old cannons. All over London and indeed the UK you will see a certain shape of bollard on the sides of roads etc – these are often old small canons that were captured from the ‘then’ enemies of the realm – and there was a hell of a lot of them.

You can see the photos and read about the Brits ( who had they not been somewhat engaged elsewhere during the War of 1812
and locally ( Lorain) the famous phrase by Oliver Hazzard Perry – Battle of Lake Erie “We have met the enemy and they are ours” ( may have not been uttered – 🙂
thanks to The Wondering Brit

But I think Lorain can take an idea from the Trafalgar – how about replicas of the ships that were built in Lorain adorning our highways and byways? Must be those coffee fumes again 🙂

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  • 1. renee dore  |  October 23, 2009 at 3:31 am

    Wow– one never knows where ideas like this Loraine, will end up- look at what the thought of one tree carving did…
    There is not many tangible items from the ships of yesterday from Lorain. And it was these schooners, steamers, and ore frieghters that helped transport materials that helped “build” parts of the world..or at least help sustain other communities. It was the focus of Lorain’s lakefront harbor for 2 centuries.. Thanks for sharing the idea.
    We miss you and have Chris and your family in our thoughts…

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