This Decanter commemorates Nelson’s great victory at the Battle of Trafalgar, October 21st, 1805. On that day, Great Britain’s Royal Navy won its greatest victory and lost its greatest hero, Vice Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson. A limited edition of not more than 36,000 hand cast decanters have been commissioned for worldwide distribution, a small number for so large a market.
There are four major designs around the body of the decanter, three of them depicting scenes from the greatest naval engagements that Nelson lead or played the major role in. Three smaller cameos adorn the shoulder. The Killick’s Anchor, the official anchor of the Royal Navy, is countersunk in gold on the top of the stopper. The flags around the edge of the stopper are a reproduction of the flag signal that Nelson flew from his flagship for the fleet just before entering battle: ENGLAND EXPECTS EVERY MAN TO DO HIS DUTY. The Rope Bumper around the decanter’s base was produced at the ropery and on the same machinery that made all the original rope for H.M.S. VICTORY.
Another tradition of the Royal Navy that is almost as well known as Nelson was the daily issue of Pusser’s Rum or Nelson’s Blood on board British warships from about 1640 until July 31st, 1970 at which time the custom was stopped. Pusser’s NAVY Rum is the same Admiralty Rum, and it is with the Admiralty’s blessing and approval that PUSSER’S is now available to the consumer. PUSSER’S is the father of all navy rums and grog, and a premium quality spirit. The gold medals it has recently won at prestigious competitions, the International Wine & Spirits Festival, London, 2001; and the Double Gold at the San Francisco World’s Spirits Competition, 2003 are testimony to its quality. Prior to 1979, PUSSER’S was never sold or available to the public. The Royal Navy Sailor’s Fund, a naval charity more commonly called the ‘Tot Fund, receives a substantial donation from the sale of each bottle of Pusser’s NAVY Rum. Aside from the fund’s original bequest, the Pusser’s contribution has become the fund’s largest source of income.
PUSSER’S RUM is also known to the Navy as “Nelson’s Blood”. Unfortunately, in the heat of battle at Trafalgar, Nelson was mortally wounded by a French sharpshooter. At the end of the battle, legend has it that they placed his body in a large puncheon (cask) of Admiralty rum to preserve it for the long voyage back to England. Months later upon arrival at Portsmouth, his pickled body was removed, but most of the rum was gone. The sailors had drilled a small hole at the base of the cask, and drank all the rum, thereby drinking of “Nelson’s Blood” which since has been synonymous with the name Pusser’s Rum.
And the name PUSSER’S’? A corruption of purser. For hundreds of years the jack tars of the Royal Navy have referred to the purser as the pusser—and anything which came from the purser was called pusser’s—andstill is today!