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Union Jack flown at the Battle of Trafalgar up for sale

Article about: Hi Guys, what a fantastic peice of history this is! I expect it will realise much more than the low estimate. BBC NEWS | UK | Scotland | Edinburgh, East and Fife | Trafalgar union jack up fo

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    Hi Guys, what a fantastic peice of history this is! I expect it will realise much more than the low estimate.

    BBC NEWS | UK | Scotland | Edinburgh, East and Fife | Trafalgar union jack up for sale

    I have copied the pic and text in case the link dies:

    The only surviving union jack from the Battle of Trafalgar could fetch 15,000 at auction after it was found in a drawer, auctioneers say.

    The flag was flown from one of Nelson's warships, HMS Spartiate, in the naval battle off the Spanish coast in 1805.

    It was presented by the 540-strong crew to Fife-born Lieutenant James Clephan after the conflict, a high honour bestowed upon an officer by his men.

    The flag is being sold by one of his descendants living in Australia.

    Clephan, who later went on to command his own ship, was one of the few men to have risen through the ranks and was greatly admired by his crew.

    The flag, measuring 7ft 4in x 11ft 7in, is made of 31 panels sewn together by the crew on board the ship.

    It bears a number of "battle scars" - holes caused by shot and shell splinter damage sustained during the conflict.

    The union jack will go under the hammer later this month after being put up for sale by one of Clephan's descendants.

    It was treasured by his family, who kept it in a drawer to preserve it.

    Auctioneers expect the flag to fetch 10,000 to 15,000.

    Charles Miller, through his own auction house, is selling the piece in London on 21 October, Trafalgar Day.

    He said the flag was the only known surviving union jack from the battle.

    "I think it's hard to overstate the historical importance of this flag," he said.

    "This was the greatest naval action ever fought.

    "The great thing about the flag is it's one of the most emblematic items you can get from Trafalgar.

    "This is a bit of naval hardware that has actually served in the action."

    Clephan, from Scoonie in Fife, spent his early years as an apprentice weaver and went on to join the Merchant Navy.

    He retired in 1840 with the rank of captain and lived in Edinburgh for 11 years until his death at the age of 83


    Cheers, Ade.
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    an amazing piece of naval history Ade , and i agree with you about it beating it`s estimate , i wouldn`t be surprised if a naval museum came in for it !

    cheers Al

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    Hi Al, it would not surprise me neither. I have a love/hate relationship with museums at times, but this one should be bought and placed on public display.

    Cheers, Ade.

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    This one should definately go to a UK Naval museum a true peice of our naval history which should't disappaer into a private collection.
    The gates of hell were opened and we accepted the invitation to enter" 26/880 Lance Sgt, Edward Dyke. 26th Bn Northumberland Fusiliers , ( 3rd Tyneside Irish )

    1st July 1916

    Thought shall be the harder , heart the keener,
    Courage the greater as our strength faileth.
    Here lies our leader ,in the dust of his greatness.
    Who leaves him now , be damned forever.
    We who are old now shall not leave this Battle,
    But lie at his feet , in the dust with our leader

    House Carles at the Battle of Hastings

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    Oh well . i had better get my one outta the loft then

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    Quote by Adrian Stevenson View Post
    To an American private collector....

    Underwhelmed, Ned.
    'I do not think we can hope for any better thing now.
    We shall stick it out to the end, but we are getting weaker of course, and the end cannot be far.
    It seems a pity, but I do not think I can write more. R. SCOTT.
    Last Entry - For God's sake look after our people.'

    In memory of Capt. Robert Falcon Scott, Edward Wilson, Henry Bowers, Lawrence Oates and Edgar Evans. South Pole Expedition, 30th March 1912.

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    Quote by big ned View Post
    To an American private collector....

    Underwhelmed, Ned.
    Me too Ned
    The gates of hell were opened and we accepted the invitation to enter" 26/880 Lance Sgt, Edward Dyke. 26th Bn Northumberland Fusiliers , ( 3rd Tyneside Irish )

    1st July 1916

    Thought shall be the harder , heart the keener,
    Courage the greater as our strength faileth.
    Here lies our leader ,in the dust of his greatness.
    Who leaves him now , be damned forever.
    We who are old now shall not leave this Battle,
    But lie at his feet , in the dust with our leader

    House Carles at the Battle of Hastings

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    Hi Guys, I share your sentiments, but perhaps all is not lost:

    Trafalgar flag fetches $A680,368

    Cheers, Ade.

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    Good news it may remain here after all , interesting that the auctioneer states it " still has the faint smell of gunpowder " after 200 years !!!
    The gates of hell were opened and we accepted the invitation to enter" 26/880 Lance Sgt, Edward Dyke. 26th Bn Northumberland Fusiliers , ( 3rd Tyneside Irish )

    1st July 1916

    Thought shall be the harder , heart the keener,
    Courage the greater as our strength faileth.
    Here lies our leader ,in the dust of his greatness.
    Who leaves him now , be damned forever.
    We who are old now shall not leave this Battle,
    But lie at his feet , in the dust with our leader

    House Carles at the Battle of Hastings

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