Face of Nelson

HMS Havant 1939 to 1940:

Battle Honours: Atlantic 1940, Dunkirk 1940.

The short but heroic life of a destroyer – a Dunkirk victim

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I was recently given access to the wardroom of HMS Nelson, Queen Street, Portsea, and this is one of the artefacts I photographed.

It was initially believed to be Nelson’s death mask, but was later confirmed to have been made in 1800 when he was homeward bound from the Mediterranean.

This is a copy of the original which is in the Royal Naval Museum, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.