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Obverse of Nelson Foudroyant Medallion
Obverse of 1897 Nelson Foudroyant Medallion

Reverse of Nelson Foudroyant Medallion
Reverse of 1897 Nelson Foudroyant Medallion

A Medallion With A Blackpool Connection
A Copper Medallion Struck from the Copper of Nelsonís Flagship Foudroyant
A copper medallion struck from the metal of the ship Foudroyant. In May of 1799 according to a letter by Nelson, but on June 8th 1799 according to another source, Rear Admiral Horatio Nelson took command of his new flagship Foudroyant at Palermo. He sailed to Naples (May 24th?) where he restored Naples to the Kingdom of Sicily. He states that he had been on board the Foudroyant for four weeks.

Obverse
The obverse (head side) shows a portrait of Nelson.
The inscription reads:
Horatio Viscount Nelson
Born 29th September 1758
Died 21st October 1805
Regd. No. 311490

Reverse
The reverse (tail side) shows a rear port (left) side view of the ship Foudroyant. It is shown as a three masted square rigged ship, there are two rows of 14 cannon suggesting a total of 56 cannon if the medallic artist can be relied upon for accuracy.
The inscription reads:
"Foudroyant" Lord Nelsonís Flagship
Commenced Building 1789
Launched at Plymouth 1798
Wrecked at Blackpool
June 16th 1897
Medal Struck from Copper of Vessel After Breaking Up

History of The Foudroyant
The Foudroyant was acquired by a Wheatley Cobb, and was described as a 74 gun frigate, and having sunk in 1893. This being close to the date recorded on the medal, I believe it is the same ship. Cobb bought another vessel in 1897, the Trincomalee, restored it, and changed its name to Foudroyant, this ship is now owned by the Foudroyant Trust in Gosport Hampshire, and has been renamed in about 1994, as the Trincomalee.

Other sources record a vessel of the same name being captured (by the French?) and entering service in 1758, ending service in 1787. This was a frigate of 90 cannons. There is also a record of a privateerís ship the Foudroyant at Halifax, Nova Scotia, in 1758.

There is now a French submarine bearing the name Foudroyant

If my translation is correct Foudroyant means lightning or "striking down".

A German model ship listing shows a Foudroyant as being dated 1750, and being an 80 cannon frigate.

Smaller Foudroyant Medallion
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