Trafalgar Messenger, HMS Pickle

The Trafalgar Messenger“, HMS Pickle, and the making of a Cornish legend.

Trafalgar dispatch
Trafalgar Messenger

"Trafalgar Messenger, HMS Pickle", 61 x 46 cm (24" x 18"), £7,750 (about $10,000) by Gordon Frickers.


Trafalgar Dispatch is a Gordon Frickers marine painting of HMS Pickle, in Mounts Bay in close proximity to three Cornish fishing boats.

One of “The Nelson and Trafalgar Series of Paintings”.

Trafalgar Messenger,

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A Cornish legend & Communication

HMS Pickle was in a hurry, she has all possible sail set; she had Admiral Collingwood’s official Trafalgar dispatch aboard.

  • We know from HMS Pickle‘s log book, she had all possible sail set as she approached The Lizard Point, the most Southerly mainland of the British Isles. 
  • The Trafalgar Dispatch is news that is going to stun the British nation.
  • HMS Pickle as shown here includes details never seen before, only recently discovered by myself and the redoubtable Mr. Peter Goodwin.
  • Pickle’s crew, in the early morning light, spoke with Cornish fishermen thus inadvertently attached a legend to Pickles story … on the 4 th of November 1805.
Trafalgar dispatch
Trafalgar Messenger detail 1,

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Trafalgar Messenger, a detail

 Pickle Night:

The ‘Pickle Night’ date is still celebrated in the Royal Navy, the New York Yacht Club and many other places

Fish Quay, Falmouth
Fish Quay, Falmouth

This story is in our main ‘further reading’ text below.  

Mounts Bay
Trafalgar Messenger, a detail

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Detail of HMS Pickle, from a painting probably overseen by the commander of HMS Pickle
Detail of HMS Pickle by Robert Dodd, from a painting probably overseen by the commander of HMS Pickle. Note the very unusual ‘go fast’ tapered black line in the yellow band…