Portsmouth is a major British naval base. Nelson left from Portsmouth on board HMS Victory to go to the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805.
As well as being a naval hero, Lord Nelson was an interesting and complex man. His letters and diaries reveal much about his character.
Toll for the brave – the story of the Royal George and how it went down in a home port with huge loss of life.
William Bligh was an officer in the Royal Navy and was the victim of a mutiny on his ship, the Bounty, in 1789.
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Beagle was a Royal Navy ship, famed for taking English naturalist Charles Darwin on his first expedition around the world in 1831–36.
Explorer Matthew Flinders was the first man to circumnavigate Australia and popularised the name ‘Australia’ in his book, Voyage to Terra Australis.
The artist William Hodges accompanied Captain Cook on his second voyage to the Pacific in 1772-74.
Follow the key events in Captain Cook’s life of adventure from a simple start to global fame and a grizzly death.
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In 1741, Anglo-Irish MP Arthur Dobbs commissioned Christopher Middleton, a captain in the Hudson’s Bay Company, to search for the North-West Passage.
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All of Cook's remarkable discoveries were undertaken in relatively humble ships designed for hauling coal.