The Full Nelson
Q : Niles
Pax : hover round, blade, chicken noodle, stifler, double check , Heisenberg, sparky , FNG -Travis Batts ” lord Nelson ”
October 21, 2017 is the 212th anniversary of the battle of Trafalgar in which Lord Nelson commanded the British Navy against Napoleons combined Spanish and French armada – The victor of this battle would gain possession of the British Isles . Vice Admiral Horatio Lord Nelson (1758 – 1805), is naval history’s grandest figure . His taking of nineteen French and Spanish ships off Cape Trafalgar — the “great and glorious victory” he prayed for — gave him more enemy ships than any of his predecessors had captured or destroyed in all their battles put together, and, more important, it secured for Great Britain command of the sea for over a century.
Napoleons plans were for French and Spanish squadrons to burst through the British blockade; run for the West Indies; and after ravaging British possessions and trade, return across the Atlantic in a single invincible fleet to destroy the British near Ushant, an island off Brittany, and take control of the English Channel while it was crossed by an invading army of 350,000.
At dawn on October 21st 1805 , the Franco-Spanish fleets were silhouetted against the sunrise off Cape Trafalgar, and the British began to form the two divisions in which they were to fight. As the opposing fleets closed, Nelson made his famous signal, “England expects that every man will do his duty.” The Battle of Trafalgar raged at its fiercest around the Victory, and a French sniper, firing from the mast of the Redoutable, shot Nelson through the shoulder and chest. He was carried below to the surgeon, and it was soon clear that he was dying. Thomas Hardy, his flag captain, kissed his forehead in farewell and Nelson spoke his last words, “Now I am satisfied. Thank God, I have done my duty.”
Our workout today consisted of
21 count Abe vigoda
Webbicide to tree merkins, prayer squats
Whamo lunge walks
The christening of British ships
Forest to the sea recreating the Battle of Trafalgar – French crab walks against British bear crawls .
Dominos x 10 push-ups
Field of Dreams burpees , squats , merks, LBC
Wheel of merkins
Nicole (400 m run and pull-ups to failure)
Stairway to seven and dominoes at the Venus fly trap park
Indian run and jail break back to the flag
Reviewed lessons from the battle of Trafalgar while stretching.
1. Reward success and take the blame for failure. Nelson’s subordinates enjoyed working for him because they knew they would be able to contribute to the plan, as well as exercise initiative, aggression, and personal skill. They also found comfort in knowing that if things went wrong, Nelson would take the blame. However, if the mission was a success, Nelson ensured that his leaders received their proper reward and acknowledgment.
2. Remember that political courage is as important as battle courage. Throughout his career he witnessed several of his commanders get bogged down in orders and rules, resulting in the loss of initiative or sailors in battle. He felt that leaders needed the “political courage” to sometimes disobey superiors to accomplish what was in the general interest of the cause.
3. Communicate clear and simple concepts. Reinforce with discussion. In addition to producing memorandums that explained what his subordinates should do, he also brought them in for dinners and councils to discuss the greater picture and his intent so they could exercise proper judgment when required.
4. Lead by example. Nelson understood the realities of combat, and he understood that when leaders set the example, their subordinates are more likely to rise to the challenge. Nelson’s sailors loved him, because he shared the dangers alongside them. In his final battle, The Battle of Trafalgar, Nelson put himself at the deadliest spot of the battle, the flagship Victory.
Nelson’s prayer on the day he died in battle.
May the great God, whom I worship, grant to my country and for the benefit of Europe in general, a great and glorious victory: and may no misconduct, in any one, tarnish it: and may humanity after victory be the predominant feature in the British fleet. For myself individually, I commit my life to Him who made me and may His blessing light upon my endeavours for serving my country faithfully. To Him I resign myself and the just cause which is entrusted to me to defend. Amen. Amen. Amen.
Hoverround’s friends getting married today
Blades friends dealing with mental health issues
Chicken noodles friend also dealing with struggles in Boston
Double check’s friends wife dealing with colon cancer
Prayers for faith fellowship and first responders.
A pat on the back to YHC , Heisenberg , hover round and Blade to put in 4.7 knots before the work out.
Sparky – good job tugging your 2.0 out . The apple didn’t fall far from the tree . Strong work lord Nelson. You will need to live up to your namesake.
Blade – I cannot fathom how you found us in the gloom for EC – good job
Double Check – cast off is at 0700 . Double check that alarm.
Stifler and chicken noodle- glad you are on board . Full steam ahead .
Thanks to all for setting sail down the river Niles . Looking forward to the next port of call. Niles out.