Trafalgar News

Trafalgar news, “I have Urgent Dispatches”, this is a race, this is not yachting.

Trafalgar dispatches
“I Have Urgent Dispatches”, framed

Each time the schooner with the unlikely name of HMS Pickle lifted to the large seas there astern was H M Sloop Nautilus, her rival.

"Trafalgar News", 91 x 63 cm (36" x 25"), £18,000 (about $23,000) by Gordon Frickers. Also available as a print from our print page.


Trafalgar, HMS Pickle signalling “I have Urgent Dispatches”, this is a race, this is not yachting.

Pickle was already North of Cape Saint Vincent.

Lapenotiere’s reaction was to set every possible piece of sail.

Lieutenant Lapenotiere possibly the most unpronounceable name in the Royal Navy had a chance to make history and his name.

The next day off Oporto Nautilus drew level then ahead to be lost from sight as the weather deteriorated with the approach of another winter gale.

The following morning as Pickle rounded Cape Finisterre she was exposed to the full force of a storm.

Trafalgar and HMS Pickle is a great ‘communication’ story, contrasting then and now.

This is a race and Pickle was the sort of size modern yachtsmen can relate to.

H.M. Schooner “Pickle“ was first with the official Trafalgar dispatch announcing the victory at Battle of Trafalgar and lamented death of Nelson.

This painting is in part about communication, contrasting then, 1805, and now.

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Pickle

Pickle has just become involved in an historic race with HM Sloop Nautilus.
This is not yachting.

Trafalgar with the official news, HMS Pickle is entering a Biscay storm, she will emerge  damaged, leaking.

One of the Trafalgar Collection : Available as a signed limited edition print from £187.00 inc P&P

Standard size print of “H.M.S. Pickle, I Have Urgent Dispatches
image size: 43 x 34 cm (17″ x 13½”)

Pickle, a schooner, will race H.M. Sloop ‘Nautilus’, to sail into history with her unlikely name of HMS ‘Pickle’.

Large size print of “H.M.S. Pickle, I Have Urgent Dispatches
image size: 62 x 49 cm (24½” x 19½”)

Pickle left the fleet off Cape Trafalgar on the 26 th of October 1805.

Pickle is hoisting the most dramatic signal of her career by flying the ‘new’ 1803 secret code signal flags 2214 which read as “I have urgent dispatches” meaning ‘do not delay me’.

I was official marine artist to HMS Victory from 1994 to 1998.

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The painting & the schooner :

This famous vessel H M Schooner Pickle as shown here, is based upon her logbook, PRO archive documents and a model in the Royal Navy Museum, Portsmouth.

HMS Pickle is a great ‘communication’ story, then and now, a race and Pickle was the sort of size modern yachtsmen can relate to.

This is the  Royal Navy’s most celebrated Schooner, HMS Pickle in the autumnal, notoriously stormy  Bay of Biscay.

The schooner “Pickle” when chased then recognising the other ship was British so HMS Pickle commenced signalling her dramatic news by flying the 1805 code signal flags 2214 meaning “I have urgent dispatches” meaning ‘do not delay me’

H.M. Schooner “Pickle“ was first with the news of the victory at Battle of Trafalgar and death of Nelson.

HMS Pickle arrived at Falmouth, Cornwall on the 4th of November 1805, a date still celebrated in the Royal Navy as “Pickle Night“.

My brief included working closely with the official Keeper and curator of HMS Victory, Peter Goodwin, looking at the lesser known interesting stories surrounding HMS Victory.

Before settling on the likely appearance of HMS Pickle I carried out very extensive research and consultations into schooners of the period.

You can discover much more about HMS Pickle by following the “Further Reading” link below.

Urgent Dispatches detail

The signal :

As shown here, HMS Pickle, the second Royal Navy ‘Pickle’ of five, is being chased in the notoriously stormy autumnal Bay of Biscay October 1805. 

HMS “Pickle” recognised another ship as British.

Pickle hoisted the most dramatic signal of her career flying the ‘new’ 1803 secret code signal flags 2214 which read as “I have urgent dispatches” meaning do not delay me’.

I Have Urgent Dispatches , detail of signal 2214
Signal for your print via the Print Gallery page on the menu above.
Signale der Seefahrt
Signale der Seefahrt, International interest, the German book ‘Signale der Seefahrt’.

A Print Fit for a Princess :

Trafalgar night dinner and the Princess Royal.

Print copy No 1 framed with a menu, was presented to The Princess Royal, Princess Anne at HMS Seahawk mess, RNAS Culdrose, a dinner given in her honour in appreciation of her able assistance during the 200 th anniversary of Trafalgar and the recreation of HMS Pickle’s historic voyage with the Trafalgar dispatches.

My painting “I Have Urgent Dispatches” is available as a superb fine art print on canvas, signed, numbered, for the look and feel of the original.

Available from my ‘Marine Art Prints’ page
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Owner of the HMS Pickle replica Mal Nicholson wrote “I opened your well packed print earlier today and all is well, it looks superb thank you!

The signal :

As shown here, HMS Pickle, the second Royal Navy ‘Pickle’ of five vessels, is being chased in the notoriously stormy autumnal Bay of Biscay, 29th of October 1805. 

HMS “Pickle” recognised another ship as British.

Pickle hoisted the most dramatic signal of her career flying the ‘new’ 1803 secret code signal flags 2214 which read as “I have urgent dispatches” meaning do not delay me’.

I Have Urgent Dispatches , detail of signal 2214
Signal for your print via the Print Gallery page on the menu above.
Signale der Seefahrt
Signale der Seefahrt, International interest, the German book ‘Signale der Seefahrt’.

Click on the image above or the images below to see more detail.

Detail from H.M. Schooner "Pickle", carrying the news of the Battle of Trafalgar

Detail from H.M. Schooner "Pickle", carrying the news of the Battle of Trafalgar

Detail from H.M. Schooner "Pickle", carrying the news of the Battle of Trafalgar

Detail from H.M. Schooner "Pickle", carrying the news of the Battle of Trafalgar

This original marine painting was produced for Victory 2005 and has become the iconic image of the famous HMS Pickle  having featured in numerous articles and several authoritative books.

In Print :

This fine picture is available from this website as a signed numbered Heritage print from www.frickers.co.uk Print gallery.

Quotes :

Princess Anne : Her secretary at Buckingham Palace said to officers at RNAS Culdrose: “the Princess was delighted to receive this beautiful picture”, “The Princess was over the moon”.

2. 28.01.16

The Keeper and Curator of H.M.S. Victory, Peter Goodwin said, “so convincing it makes me feel I could punch the canvas”. He added “it was Gordon Frickers who opened my eyes to the possibilities of paintings”.

  1. Trafalgar 200 commemorations: A large version, print number 1 was presented to Princess Anne the Princess Royal by officers of the Royal Naval Air Service, Culdrose, at a Trafalgar night dinner given in appreciation of her support of Trafalgar 2005 and the re-enactment of the route of Pickle‘s  captain, Lieutenant John Richard Lapenotiere

The owner :

and some of the crew of the replica schooner HMS Pickle, a great educational resource for children of all ages has chosen a large copies of “I Have Urgent Dispatches”, as have several Admirals and many other good folk.

Gordon Frickers, 16.01.15: “I am honoured to discover people saying this picture has becoming a part of the Nelson story”.

You can be part of the story, by owning a signed, numbered fine art print of this definitive painting.

I have urgent dispatches” remains a popular print available via this web site Print Gallery price from £167.00

HMS Pickle arrived at Falmouth, Cornwall on the 4th of November 1805, a date still celebrated in the Royal Navy as “Pickle Night“.

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Lest we forget :

“It is upon the Navy under the Providence of God that the safety, honour and welfare of this realm do chiefly depend” ; from the Articles of War (1652) read weekly to all Royal Navy ships crews for 300 years.

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