HMS Foudroyant on Blackpool Beach

HMS Foudroyant, a British Royal Navy ship was, at one time, Admiral Nelson’s flagship. She was launched in 1798 and retired from front line duties in 1812. Fifty years later, in 1862, she was converted into a Navy Training ship and was eventually sold into private ownership. In 1897, the ship ran aground on Blackpool beach. The salvage company couldn’t re-float her and only received £10 in payment from her owner so, to recoup their costs, they resorted to breaking her up, piece by piece, and selling them as souvenirs.

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