HMS Pickle : The Swiftest Ship in Nelson’s Trafalgar Fleet
by Peter Hore, Andrew Lambert
Editor: The History Press Ltd
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The smallest vessel in Nelson’s fleet during the Battle of Trafalgar was the curiously named HMS pickle.The Gulet departed on 26 October and took 9 days to reach Great Britain after facing a storm off Cape Finisterre.After the pickle anchored in Falmouth Bay on 4 November Lapenotiere started his journey in London (a trip that usually took a week was covered in 37 hours with 19 horse changes)Captain Peter Hore describes the ship’s beginnings as a civilian vessel called Sting, through conversion with 10 cannons and its role in the coastal squadron of Admiral Cornwall’s French reconnaissance squadron in 1803.HMS Pickle was also involved in the rescue of the crew of the HMS Magnificent in 1804 and more reconnaissance missions.This story full of details other colorful episodes including a single ship action against the favorite French privateer in 1807Gherkin was shipwrecked in July 1808, when it was earthed when it entered the port of Cadiz, but without loss of life.Gherkin Trip is commemorated by the Royal Navy Warrant Officer on November 5
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