SHE IS THE H.M.S. VICTORY — Lord Nelson flew his pennant from her at Trafalgar, where he defeated the French fleet in September of 1805. Nelson was killed during the action and passed into legend; so did his ship.
the stern three-deck galleries
the guns on the starboard side, run out for action
The model of Nelson’s flagship belonged to Joe Barnhart, who gave it to Coastal Bend College, which gave it to the library. She is tucked away in an obscure corner in the facility that bears his name. Her grand lines and intricate rigging are protected by a Plexiglas case. But Nelson would take one look and call all hands for repairs. They’re not very evident because few people notice she is there — a majestic reminder of when Britain ruled the waves.