NELSON'S COLUMN

or is that a MONUMENT? 

If you ever go to "NELSON'S COUNTY" you might readily understand that his life is not totally or wholly commemorated in the south of England, particularly in Greenwich, Portsmouth or in several Establishments all with buildings called Nelson this or Nelson that viz, Nelson's Hall in HMS Ganges.

HMS Ganges was [it is no more] in the county of Suffolk East Anglia, and the whereabouts of my subject title, also in East Anglia, is in the county of Norfolk.

When Great Britain was at war with our continental neighbours, Nelson was an Admiralty man, but when not, and hundreds of officers were put on half pay and our ships laid up, he was unemployed but needed an income. He left the war-bases, Portsmouth for example, and went home to his house and wife in his native county.

When potential [or known] enemy warships were also laid up, out came the pirates, international one's, marauding and robbing ships of their cargoes, which didn't best please Lloyds of London who had insured them against losses, however incurred.

So, Superman to the rescue!

Lloyds would provide the ships suitably armed and with ammunition, and Nelson would gather the unemployed crew members to man them. Lloyds would provide chandlers for victuals and supplies,  and a base port [Great Yarmouth] from which to spring upon the scumbag pirates.

Nelson scored: he maintained his skills of putting down so-called mariners, and Lloyds maintained it bulging coffers by not having to pay out on insurance claims.

Everything was fine right up to Nelson being restored as a fully paid naval officer back to fighting enemies of the realm, where he still could pick up pocket money arresting scumbag pirates and retrieving their swag so that his buddies at Lloyds could offset their insurance payments on a mitigated scale. I am sure that Nelson had it in mind to become a director of Lloyds when he retired from the navy.

Today, in Great Yarmouth there is a Nelson Museum telling the story of when he operated as a civilian in the North Sea with the inevitable naval snippets thrown in, making it overall a good visit. But I suppose the most interesting part of the visit is told in the following story - note that Norfolk's Monument was the same height as the HMS Gange's mast!

This story comes courtesy of www.nelsonsmonument who hold full copyright. I have enhanced the story line adding relevant pieces, and reprocessed it from a WORD file into the following PDF file.

Great Yarmouths Monument to Nelson.pdf

If you are a devotee of Nelson and his achievements/exploits, after you have seen all of interest in Great Yarmouth including the Time and Tide Museum, why not go to the City of London, to Lime Street to visit the Nelson Collection housed in the basement of the Lloyds iconic building.  It has nearly as much as Greenwich has of his personal bits and pieces [in terms of cups, swords, precious gifts, silverware in plenty] which he willed to Lloyds in gratitude for his employment in the very late 18th century.  As Captain Cook has very little to commemorate his Yorkshireness up in Whitby/Staithes, Norfolk has much to tell you about Nelson's Norfolkness whilst domiciled up near the Wash living with his wife Frances [Fanny] in Burnham Thorpe.