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'England Expects That Every Man Will Do His Duty'
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'England Expects That Every Man Will Do His Duty'

Artist: Thomas Davidson
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Neg No: A752

'I'll now amuse the Fleet. Mr Pasco, I wish to say to the Fleet, "England Confides That Every Man Will Do His Duty". You must be quick, for I have one more signal to make, which is for close action'. Lt Pasco, HMS Victory's lieutenant in charge of signalling, pointed out that changing 'expects' for 'confides' would save time, since it would not have to be spelt out alphabetically. 'That will do; make it directly'. This short, businesslike conversation formed the most famous naval signal ever transmitted. On every 21 October, Trafalgar Day, it is hoisted to the yardarms of HMS Victory, in her dry dock in Portsmouth.



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