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Portsmouth is a major British naval base. Nelson left from Portsmouth on board HMS Victory to go to the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805.

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As well as being a naval hero, Lord Nelson was an interesting and complex man. His letters and diaries reveal much about his character.

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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.

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Explorer Matthew Flinders was the first man to circumnavigate Australia and popularised the name ‘Australia’ in his book, Voyage to Terra Australis.

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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. 

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