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Ahoy there! HMS Pickle is coming to Lymington!

28 June 2019

HMS Pickle is a recreation of the schooner that delivered the news of England's triumph at the Battle of Trafalgar, along with the sad news of Nelson's death. This stunning boat will be moored near the Royal Lymington Yacht Club on Bath Road, Lymington on Friday 5 and Saturday 6 July.

You are invited on board Pickle between 10-12 and 2-4 to explore this marvellous vessel and learn about her adventures at sea from the crew, who will be dressed in full costume, including the commanding officer, Lieutenant Laponetiere. Between 12-2 – once the crew have enjoyed their ship’s biscuits – they will re-enact a moment in history… maybe raise the sails or even set off a cannon or two!

Pickle is the pride and joy of Mal Nicholson and his wife Val. Preserving and sharing history is what we stand for and the best way for us to do that is by letting people see it and touch it for themselves.” Their work on Pickle has been described by a Royal Naval historian as "the nearest this world is ever likely to have to the original".

Royal Navy patrol ship HMS Trumpeter will also be paying a visit to Lymington Harbour on Friday 5 July – a chance to see the old and the new together! Trumpeter is a P2000 Archer Class patrol ship, one of 14 attached to universities around the UK to train Royal Navy officers of the future.

Whilst in port, HMS Trumpeter’s commanding officer Lieutenant David Vail RN will be attending a service at All Saints Church, Milford, as part of the ‘Cornwallis Remembered’ events commemorating Milford’s most distinguished resident. This will be followed by refreshments and entertainments on the village green at Milford.

Once you’ve seen the ships, why not find out more at the ‘Command of the Seas: The Navy and the New Forest against Napoleon’ exhibition at St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery? ‘Command of the Seas’ is at St Barbe until 1 September and tells the story of the period between 1793 and 1805, when Britain was a war with revolutionary France.

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Ahoy there! HMS Pickle is coming to Lymington!

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