Vice-Admiral Viscount Nelson
Lloyd’s history is entwined with the rise of Britain’s Navy – and much of this maritime glory is due to Horatio, 1st Viscount Nelson (1758 – 1805), held by many to have established Britain as a trading nation and ruler of the seas.
Known for his inspirational leadership and superb grasp of strategy and unconventional tactics, Nelson was also well aware that Britain’s prosperity depended on the protection of its seaborne trade. For its part, Lloyd’s was deeply conscious of the debt it owed to Nelson and to the Royal Navy.
Lloyd’s has an extensive collection of Nelson-related items, all on display in the Underwriting Room. This amazing collection includes letters, valuable silverware and other fascinating memorabilia.
Not only does it provide an insight into Nelson and his life at sea – it also serves as a reminder of a dramatic period in Lloyd’s own history. It celebrates the events of Britain’s long war with France, as well as a series of brilliant naval battles which culminated with Trafalgar. Lloyd’s played a leading part in underwriting the war effort.
It was after the dreadful losses of the Battle of the Glorious First of June, in 1794, that a committee of Lloyd’s merchants and underwriters set up the Lloyd’s Patriotic Fund, initially to help the families of the dead and wounded. This charity is still in existence today.
Lloyd's Patriotic fund
Lloyd's Nelson collection
The Nelson Collection is a display of prized artefacts, letters and valuable silverware. It is displayed in the centre of the Lloyd’s underwriting room.
You can use this interactive tool to find out more about the famous naval battles, Nelson’s life and his links with Lloyd’s, and how each item in the exhibit fits into this exciting era.
Click on the images below to view the items in the collection.