Montréal in Ville-Marie Borough, Quebec — Central Canada (French-Canadian)
The Nelson Column, Montreal
North face :
In memory of the Right Honorable Lord Viscount Nelson Duke of Bronte who terminated his career of Naval Glory in the memorable Battle of Trafalgar on the 21st of Oct 1806 after inculcating by signal a maxim that can never be forgotten by his country: “England expects every man will do his duty.” This monumental pillar was erected by a subscription of the inhabitants of Montreal in the year 1808.
West face :
On the 1st and 2nd of August 1798, Rear Admiral Sir Horatio Nelson, K.B. with a British fleet of 12 sail of the line and a ship of 60 guns, defeated in Aboukir Bay a French fleet of 18 sail of the line and 4 frigates under Admiral Bruyres, taking and destroying the whole except two sail of the line and 2 frigates without the loss of a British ship.
East face :
On the 2nd of April 1801, a British fleet of 10 sail of the line and 8 ships of 60 guns under the immediate command of the Right Honorable Vice Admiral Lord Viscount Nelson Duke of Bronte, attacked the Danish line moored for the defense of Copenhagen consisting of 6 sail of the line and 8 large ship batteries,
South face :
On the 21st Oct 1806, the British fleet of 27 sail of the line commanded by the Right Honorable Admiral Lord Viscount Nelson, Duke of Bronte, attacked off Trafalgar the combined fleet of France and Spain of 33 sail of the line commanded by the Admirals Villeneuve and Oravina when the latter were defeated with the loss of 19 sail of the line captured and destroyed. In this memorable action his country has to lament the loss of her greatest naval hero but not a single ship.
Erected 1808 by The City of Montreal.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Patriots & Patriotism • Waterways & Vessels. A significant historical date for this entry is April 2, 1801.
Location. 45° 30.491′ N, 73° 33.231′ W. Marker is in Montréal, Quebec, in Ville-Marie Borough. Marker is at the intersection of Place Jacques Cartier and Rue Notre-Dame, Est on Place Jacques Cartier. Marker is at the west end of Place Jacques Cartier, east of Rue Notre Dame, Est. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Montréal, Quebec H2Y 1C5, Canada. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Le Château Ramezay / Château Ramezay (within shouting distance of this marker); Visitors Center (within shouting distance of this marker); Château de Vaudreuil (about 120 meters away, measured in a direct line); Le Marché Bonsecours / Bonsecours Market (about 150 meters away); Joseph Papineau (approx. 0.2 kilometers away); Saint-Laurent Boulevard (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); Cartier Residences (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); Antoine Laumet de La Mothe, sieur de Cadillac (approx. 0.4 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Montréal.
Also see . . .
1. The Nelson Monument in Montreal. Montreal's oldest public monument, which was erected in 1809, just four years after the Battle of Trafalgar, is a full thirty years older than London's much larger and more grandiose imperial tribute in Trafalgar Square. (Submitted on August 3, 2010, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
2. Horatio Nelson. (Submitted on August 3, 2010, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
3. The original statue atop Nelson's Column. (Submitted on August 3, 2010, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
Additional keywords. Napoleonic
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