Wednesday, August 24, 2005


Shipwreck souvenirs go on display


August 21, 2005

Sea Britain marks the anniversary
of the Battle of Trafalgar.

An exhibition documenting souvenirs and memorabilia from a famous Lancashire shipwreck opens on Monday.

HMS Foudroyant was once the great flagship of Admiral Lord Nelson, but was destroyed on the beach at Blackpool during a storm in 1897.

The ship was unsalvageable, but her owners recovered some of their lost expenses by making souvenirs from her timber and copper and selling them.

The artefacts saved from the ship are being displayed at Fleetwood Museum.

Souvenirs include medallions, coins, items of furniture and walking sticks.

The exhibition is part of the 200th anniversary celebrations of the UK's naval victory at Trafalgar.


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