Admiral’s table from HMS Nelson

The admirals table from HMS Nelson.
The admirals table from HMS Nelson.

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My recent visit to the wardroom at HMS Nelson in Queen Street, Portsmouth, was a real voyage of discovery.

This marvellous piece of furniture comes from the admiral’s quarters in the battleship HMS Nelson.

The board showing the signing of two treaties on the table.

The board showing the signing of two treaties on the table.

It was made to seat 10 using the two end ovals. By adding nine inserts it can be extended to sit 20.

When the battleship was decommissioned in February 1948 the table was donated to the wardroom. The ship was scrapped in March 1949.

The table is famous for the signing of two treaties.

One was with Italy for the Co-Belligerency Pact signed between the Allies and the Italians in September 1943.

The other was the surrender of Japanese forces in Malaya on September 6, 1945.