Bar shot fired at HMS Victory killing eight of her crew

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National Maritime Museum, Second floor, Nelson Navy Nation gallery

See the bar shot fired from the Spanish ship the Santisima Trinidada into HMS Victory at the Battle of Trafalgar killing eight of her crew.

The shot in fact killed eight Marines in a row, the survivors then being spread out to avoid a repetition, and was retrieved by their lieutenant, Lewis Rotely.

As the inscription on the stand indicates, he presented it to a friend whose son gave it to Queen Victoria in 1872.

Rotely also had the presence of mind to salvage Nelson's breeches and bloodied stockings from Victory's cockpit, and his daughter bequeathed these items to Greenwich Hospital in 1896.