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Trafalgar. Temeraire. The Men. - 4 March 2021

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Speaker: Emma Cooper, Independent Researcher

Chair: Dr Alan James, War Studies Department


In 1803, Captain Eliab Harvey was given a commission to be the Captain of a '98-gun' warship, HMS Temeraire, but he had no crew. By the 21st October 1805, Harvey led 710 men into the Battle of Trafalgar. This paper addresses the human side of the battle, exploring where these men came from and what happened to them.



Emma Cooper studied Furniture Design at the London College of Furniture, and has spent 20 years making historical furniture for museums and historic houses. For the past 25 years she has been researching the lives of the men who served aboard HMS Temeraire at the Battle of Trafalgar. Emma lives in Lincolnshire with her husband and daughter.


This seminar is part of the long-running ‘King’s Maritime History Seminars’ hosted by the Laughton Naval History Unit (on behalf of the British Commission for Maritime History and the Society for Nautical Research)

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4 March 2021

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