“Victory” Races “Temeraire” for the Enemy Line by Geoff Hunt

The Irish Elk passes on the startling news that HM Government is looking to sell off HMS Victory in order to save the dosh spent on her upkeep. From the the Aubrey-Maturin Appreciation Society on Facebook:

The Royal Navy is attempting to sell HMS Victory to a charity or even corporate enterprise, in order to save on the £1.5 million ($2.8 million) annual cost of preserving Nelson’s flagship.

This is shocking and very worrying news. It marks a very real threat to the fibre of British – and global – maritime heritage, in the name of short term cost cutting and budget cuts. Victory is 250 years old. She was Nelson’s flagship at the 1805 battle of Trafalgar. She transformed world history and Nelson died on her deck in the heat of battle.

Please help us stand firm on this!

Go on over to the Elk’s place for full press coverage and, if you’re a Brit, a link to an on-line petition.

This is awful. And I’ll tell you what’s worse: Somewhere this morning a certain publicity-mad financier is probably sitting behind his oversized desk and rolling the phrase “The Trump Victory” around on his tongue.

You think I’m joking.

UPDATE: By the bye, I hope all you Royal Navy geeks out there noticed that although HMS Victory and HMS Temeraire are “racing” in the above painting, they appear to be crawling along quite slowly.   This is because the winds at Trafalgar really were quite light as Nelson approached the Combined Fleet.  Hunt knows what he is about.