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Auction: 18002 - Orders, Decorations and Medals
Lot: 1

Naval General Service 1793-1840, 1 clasp, Trafalgar (Geo. Jackson.), good very fine

Sotheby's, December 1975.

George Jackson served as an Ordinary Seaman aboard H.M.S. Leviathan at the Battle of Trafalgar, 21 October 1805.

In May 1804, with Henry William Bayntun as her Captain, Leviathan joined Lord Nelson in the pursuit of the French and Spanish fleets to the West Indies.

In the great victory of Trafalgar, she sailed in the weather column and was hotly engaged with the French flagship Bucentaure, 80, and the Spanish Santisima Trinidad, 140. She easily outmanoeuvred the San Augustin, 74, boarding and carrying her without opposition, but sustained heavy losses against the French Intrépide, 74, until Africa and Orion came to her rescue. Leviathan's losses in the battle were 26 killed and wounded. All her masts were damaged, three guns were disabled and much of her rigging cut to pieces.

Another man with the same name is confirmed on Admiralty claimants list, single clasp 'Syria'.

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