Equity or a Sailors Prayer Before Battle. Anecdote of the Battle of Trafalgar Tea Towel
Colour caricature, dated 1805, showing naval personnel on the deck of a ship during the Battle of Trafalgar, 21st October 1805. It comments on the rift between the quarter and lower decks, above all regarding prize money and wages, which goes back to the 1797 mutinies at Spithead and the Nore. With cannon being prepared, the tar is shown on his knees at prayer. At this, one of the officers remarks ÔWhy Starboard! how is this at prayers when the enemy is bearing down upon us; are you afraid of them?Õ ÔStarboardÕ replies ÔAfraid! Ð NO! I was only praying that the enemys shot may be distributed in the same proportion as the prize money, the greatest part among the Officers.Õ
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