Trafalgar Day at Collingwood House (21st October 2013)


The bust of Admiral Lord Collinwood in the Town Hall

The traditional toast to Admiral Lord Collingwood took place today at 12 noon at the front door of Collingwood House. On this day we remember the greatest naval battle in our history, one which had a significant and lasting impact on European politics – the Battle of Trafalgar. Inevitably, the name of Vice-Admiral Horatio Nelson is widely commemorated this day but we should recall that it was Collingwood’s ship, HMS Royal Sovereign, that first broke the Spanish line and that it was Vice-Admiral Cuthbert Collingwood who oversaw the final victory


Fr Lawrence read the following prayer just before the toast was given:

Prayer for the Navy

O eternal Lord God, who alone spreadest out the heavens and rulest the raging of the sea; who hast compassed the waters with bounds until day and night come to an end: Be pleased to receive into thy almighty and most gracious protection the Fleet us this our land. Preserve them from the dangers of the sea and of the air and from the violence of the enemy; that they be a safeguard unto our most gracious Sovereign Lady, Queen Elizabeth and her dominions, and a security for such as pass on the seas upon their lawful occasions; that the inhabitants of our Island may in peace and quietness serve thee our God with a thankful remembrance of thy mercies to praise and glorify thy holy Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord.   Amen.

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