Tuesday, 25 January 2022

The Gibraltar scoop on Trafalgar

 Something I did not know until last night - The first reports of the battle of Trafalgar were printed in the Gibraltar Chronicle some two weeks before the news reached London

(detailed image viewable on Christie's website)

This probably made no difference to how the news spread within the UK, but given that it was common practice for ships to carry newspapers to other ports, it may be that the news may have spread  from Gibraltar to other Royal Navy bases  in the Mediterranean and Caribbean via the Gibraltar Chronicle post and not via the London Gazette announcement on the 6th of November ...

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