William Abbatt collection 1927-1931
Horatio Nelson was born in Norfolk, England, on September 29, 1758, the son of Edmund and Catherine Nelson. In 1771, he joined his uncle, Captain Maurice Suckling of the HMS Raisonnable , during the Falkland Islands crisis, but they soon parted ways. He participated in voyages to the West Indies, Arctic Ocean, and India, and became lieutenant aboard the Worcester in 1776. Nelson served as an officer on multiple different ships before becoming commander of the Badger in 1778. Throughout the early 1780s, Nelson served in actions against France, Spain, and the rebelling North American colonists. He was sent to the Caribbean to help uphold the Navigation Acts in 1784. Nelson later served in the Mediterranean and the Baltic, and he successfully commanded a squadron at the Battle of Copenhagen in 1801. Nelson is perhaps remembered best for his victory against the French fleet at the Battle of Trafalgar. He died of injuries sustained during the battle on October 21, 1805. Nelson married Frances Nisbet in 1787 and had an extended love affair with Emma Hamilton, the wife of Sir William Hamilton.