A trip to the naval collection of British Admiral Horatio Nelson offers visitors the exhibition of Catherine Laskaridis Foundation which was inaugurated on Saturday night at the Maritime Museum of Crete in the presence of political and military authorities and several people.
As Emmanuel Petrakis, Chairman of the Naval Museum, emphasized in his address, “Today’s day is especially important for all of us in the Naval Museum and for our city in particular. Present to our Museum, to our thousands of visitors, Greeks and foreigners, this great exhibition of Maritime Collection of Admiral Horatio Nelson “to continue, pointing out:”For the work of Admiral Nelson we will learn from the honorary fleet chief Admiral Constantine Mazarakis – Ainian (navy) old fighter and timeless friend “.
He continued his greeting, explaining how did it occur the Exhibition at the Museum, as well as the Catherine Laskaridis Foundation, to which this collection belongs, stressing that “it contains letters of Lord Nelson’s own letters, many personal items, dozens of newspapers of that time, books on Nelson and the Napoleonic Wars, paintings, engravings, additional models of various types of warships made of bone made by French prisoners of Napoleonic wars. ”
In his speech on the rich resume of British admiral Horatio Nelson, the honorary chief of fleet, Admiral Constantine Mazarakis, underlined, inter alia, the following: “Admiral Nelson emerged from his achievements during the Napoleonic wars. He was very important to the British Navy in the second half of the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Already in the early years of his career, he gained a reputation as a leader who inspired the crews of his ships. He had a naval perception and was infuriated by extreme aggression against the enemy. His tactic in the war by sea was the hunting of the enemy fleet and the direct attack against him from the minimum possible distance to achieve the maximum damage to the rival ships of the line with coils from a distance of a few meters. He was injured many times during battles, losing one eye and one hand. The most famous of his victories is the Battle of Trafalgar, in 1805, when he was killed shortly before the end of the naval battle by a French shooter.
He continued to point out that “at the time of Nelson, the intensity and direction of the wind, the weather forecast, the magnitude of the waves and their direction, the speed of the sailing ships, how they defined the elements of nature could not easily predict the man then as it was now, very decisively influenced the process that the Navy of that time attempted “to continue referring to the place where he was born and his character saying, “Horatio Nelson was born on 29 September 1758 in a very small town to Bernhard Thorpe and was the 6th out of 11 children. He was a young man who was characterized by a very strong volition, a nautical perception he had acquired from a very early age, applying a method of administration that was very relaxed, that is, he relied on the unleashed spirit of the unified spirit to the commanders of the ships that he commanded that at the time of the battle at a time where wave exchange between ships and orders was very difficult, and especially after the first moments where with the cannon and smoke the visibility was almost zero, communication became impossible “to end up highlighting what “the Nelson, then, was the one who made the supreme degree what we call single spirit in today’s Navy.”
Afterwards, commemorative gifts were offered to the speaker, the Admiral of Naval Admiral Evangelos Apostolakis, Panos Laskaridis and others for the inauguration of the Catherine Laskaridis Foundation Exhibition on the 1st floor of the Naval Museum of Crete, since 1973, the entrance of the Venetian fortress of Firka, hosting hundreds of remarkable exhibits, and along with them can admire those who wish a significant part of the exhibits from the Admiral Nelson Naval Collection iasthike and will operate until the end of August.
On behalf of the Chania region, Regional Councilor Mrs. Zacharenia Protopapadaki – Belivani stressed that “The Naval Museum of Crete impresses us and we are always pleased with its actions, actions that concern both the nautical history of our homeland and the nautical history of the wider family us, that of Europe “while the Mayor of Chania, Tassos Vamvoukas, stressed that: “Navy’s nautical physiognomy seems to bridle the time, to show signs of the sea’s strategy and the naval history of mankind.”
The event was presented by the special associate of the regional unit of Chania, Mr. Sifis Markakis, stressing that “tonight a great strategic figure, a chapter of the world’s nautical history, brings us here. A horrific and yet ingenious British admiral, Horatio Nelson, who listened to the song of the sea and lived with her, is a memory but also a lively feeling together. ”
Including photos from the District Light and Giannis H. Kakano