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Depiction of H.M.S. Cleopatra (1805)

18th century print of English Admiral's ship

The man-of-war 'Queen Charlotte' lying at Spithead (1796) John Fairburn

As the title 'Captain' was given to any officer who commanded a ship, regardless of rank, the term 'post-captain' was a means of distinguishing those who held the rank of Captain.

Best known for his victory in the Battle of Trafalgar (1805), where he also lost his life, Horatio Nelson, 1st Viscount Nelson is England's perhaps most famous admiral. A superb strategist, but also tactician, Nelson fought many battles and won several decisive victories. Always in the line of fire alongside his men, Nelson lost an arm and one eye and was wounded numerous times. His legacy remains very much alive and influential.

His Majesty's Ship Belleisle after the Battle of Trafalgar 21st October 1805; picture by Lionel Wyllie

The Navy began with its inception in 1775, during the Revolutionary War.

USCS Ranger captained by John Paul Jones attacks and defeats HMS Drake of the Copeland Islands at the mouth of Belfast Lough. This was the first battle of the newly formed American Continental Navy