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Did Any Famous Naval Officers Suffer from Seasickness?

Horatio Nelson was a celebrated British naval commander who won significant battles during the Napoleonic Wars around the turn of the 19th century. The admiral was seriously injured four times, losing the sight in one eye and the use of one arm, but he still soldiered on -- until a French sniper killed him during the Battle of Trafalgar in October 1805. In 2012, in a previously undiscovered letter that he wrote to the 2nd Earl of Camden, it was discovered that the fearless national hero had at least one weakness, although it didn't stop his naval career -- ironically, Nelson suffered from severe seasickness.

A love-hate relationship with the sea:

  • The 1804 letter revealed Nelson's struggle. “I am ill every time it blows hard and nothing but my enthusiastic love for the profession keeps me one hour at sea,” he wrote.

  • The letter, which was found in the Camden family archives, is now on display at Tunbridge Wells Museum.

  • In his private life, Nelson was known for his extended love affair with Emma, Lady Hamilton, while they were both married to other people.

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