Saturday, June 07, 2014

The Collingwood Monument

                                          The Collingwood Monument, Tynemouth.

Admiral Lord Collingwood was born the son of a Newcastle merchant in 1748. He joined the Royal Navy at the age of 12. He rose to become an Admiral with a reputation for caring for the interests of the men under his command.
He took over from Admiral Nelson during the battle of Trafalgar and secured victory for the British fleet. He became known as "the Northumbrian who saved Britain" as Trafalgar put an end to the plans of French dictator Napoleon to invade Great Britain.
He died in 1810 and is buried at St Paul's Cathedral.
   The four cannon at the base of the monument were added in 1849, four years after the rest of the monument was completed. They were taken from his flagship HMS Royal Sovereign.
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