The state funeral of Lord Nelson, 5-9 January 1806
Grand River Procession
A large flotilla was assembled, including barges owned by the City Livery Companies. They were resplendent with their carved and gilded decorations and colourful banners.
Nelson's coffin was placed in one of the royal barges, originally made for King Charles II.
Its gilding and paint were shrouded in black velvet. A large canopy erected over the stern was surmounted by black ostrich feathers.
Slowly, the long line advanced up the river. The escorting vessel's fired their guns to mark the barge's passage.
Arrival at Westminster
After passing through London, the procession arrived at Whitehall Stairs, near Westminster.
The coffin was unloaded and taken to the Admiralty, where it lay overnight.
|Back to Isambard Kingdom Brunel and steamships|