Nelson's body was, according to legend, preserved in rum in a cask aboard HMS Victory.

Today marks the 211th anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar, in which Admiral Horatio Nelson gave the combined naval might of France and Spain a bloody good kicking.

The battle was fought off Cape Trafalgar, near Cadiz in south-west Spain.

Admiral Nelson's fleet of 27 ships comprehensively defeated 33 French and Spanish warships under the command of French admiral Pierre-Charles Villeneuve.

At the time, naval warfare consisted of sailing up and down in parallel lines, firing cannon at enemy ships as they passed by.

Whoever had the longest line, and could therefore bring the most firepower to bear, generally won the battle.

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