Documentary “Collingwood: Trafalgar’s Forgotten Hero”

13 January, 2008 at 12:30 am 4 comments

Thanks to a truly wonderful friend (and a helpful mate at work), I could finally watch Max Adams’ 2005 documentary “Collingwood: Trafalgar’s forgotten hero”. Adams is the author of the book with the same title (highly recommended, a must-have. But regulars of my blogalready know this). I herewith apologise for thinking of Adams as an 80 year old professor with a white beard, glasses and a bowtie.

It’s difficult to squeeze Collingwood’s life and work in 45 minutes of TV, but it works, and it’s good. It gives an interesting insight into Collingwood’s life, and is easy to follow even for those who are part of the “Collingwho?” group. Adams does a good job and doesn’t torture us with dusty facts; he’s got a sense of humour (which also shows in the way he appreciates Collingwood’s humor) and seems to be quite comfortable in front of a camera. The man knows his business, and if you can catch a re-run on TV, please do so. It’s 45 well-invested minutes.

And yes, there are screencaps! There were scenes shot aboard HMS Tricomalee, HMS Victory, in Port Mahon and in Newcastle, at Collingwood House and around Morpeth. I’ve tried to sort the pictures, but there might be wrong labels. Should you spot a mistake, please let me know. I know the pubs in Newcastle, but that’s about it. 😉

Especially for Alex Beecroft I made some screencaps of an officer’s cabin. 😉

COLLINGWOOD AS A MIDSHIPMAN



COLLINGWOOD THROUGH THE AGES / FAMILY

The portraits of Collingwood show drastically how high the price was that he had to pay for serving his country. At the end of his life, he asked over and over again to be allowed to return home and retire, but was refused by King, Admiralty and everybody else who had any say. He wasn’t home for 8 years and never saw his family again.






Here we have the portraits of Collingwood’s wife and one of his daughers.


Collingwood and Nelson, his best friend.

OFFICER’S WARDROOM

My wardroom-scenes will hopefully read more realistic in future…





OFFICER’S CABIN

You really couldn’t swing a cat in there!




The lower decks didn’t have it quite as comfortable…


GALLEY AND PROVISIONS










Where there is rum, there will be seamen…

WHAT YOU NEED FOR A BATTLE






MAX ADAMS ALL OVER THE SHIP


Yes, I was tempted to turn this into an icon of questionable content, but I resisted. It’s a tailor taking measure. What else!



One of the original guns, taken from the “Royal Sovereign”, Collingwood’s ship during the Battle of Trafalgar.

PORT MAHON

According to Max Adams, Collingwood is more popular in Menorca than at home…







COLLINGWOOD HOUSE

This is the house Collingwood lived in on Menorca. It’s now a hotel and Collingwood’s spirit still seems to be there. Literally, if you believe those who claim they’ve heard his ghost.





HOME, SWEET HOME

“Then I will plant my cabbages again, and prune my goosberry trees, cultivate roses, and twist the woodbine through the hawthorn hedge…”





COLLINGWOOD’S JOURNAL

I wish I had such a neat hand. The following two pictures show an entry by Collingwood about Port Mahon; he even added a small sketch of the port.


Collingwood’s entry about the death of Nelson during the Battle of Trafalgar. You can see his signature/initials, “C.C.” in the second picture.



THE END OF A GREAT MAN

Captain’s log of Collingwood’s death. When he died, he hadn’t been home for eight years.

Collingwood always had some acrons with him, and planted them wherever he found a suitable place. He wanted to make sure that the navy would never run out of oak for ships.

There are many monuments for Collingwood…


… but if you ask me, this one is the most meaningful:


Take what you like, credit and comment are nice but not necessary. Just please: NO HOTLINKING!

Cheeyaz!

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Black Hound  |  28 January, 2008 at 1:30 am

    JESUS. It looks like the History Channel’s watermark on those screencaps. Is that who produced the documentary?

    Because, let me tell you, just from those screencaps I’m desperate to see it.

    Reply
  • 2. joyfulmolly  |  28 January, 2008 at 7:15 am

    It was aired this time on the History Channel, but originally, it was produced for the BBC in 2005 (200 Years Trafalgar). I wished they’d make a DVD of it….

    Reply
  • 3. steve collingwood  |  23 March, 2010 at 11:23 pm

    congratulations max we both have the same passion jimmys bar mahon

    Reply
    • 4. Molly Joyful  |  25 March, 2010 at 10:46 pm

      I hope you and Max will get a drink on the house for your PR work. 😉

      Reply

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