Well, I mean to give your watch liberty today, so you may get ready as soon all you please, and go; but understand this, I am going to give you liberty because I suppose you would growl like so many old quarter gunners
if I didn't; at the same time, if you'll take my advice, every mother's son of you will stay aboard and keep out of the way of the bloody cannibals altogether.
Plucked from the obscurity of history are, for example, 34-year-old Richard Nicholson, from Blyth, on Bellerophon; Benjamin Hopper, 30, from Etal in Northumberland, on Colossus; 17-year-old James Blake, of Newcastle, on Leviathan; quarter gunner
John Dobson, 29, from Longhorsley in Northumberland, on Prince; quarter gunner
James Graydon, 21, of East Rainton, on Royal Sovereign and 53-year-old George Ireland, of North Shields, on Victory.
Welshmen who joined Nelson's Navy:Name: James Boundy Age on joining: 28 Birthplace: Llandaff, Cardiff Ship: Minotaur Rank: Landsman Joined ship: May 22, 1803 Died: December 23, 1810 Name: John Thomas Age at battle: 33 Birthplace: Carmarthen Ship: Britannia Rank: Private Royal Marine Joined ship: March 30, 1805 Height: 5ft 4in Eye colour: Grey Hair: Dark brown Name: James Rosser Age on joining: 51 Birthplace: Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire Ship: Defiance Rank: Quarter gunner
Joined ship: August 10,1803