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The Collingwood Memorial

This statue to the memory of Admiral Lord Collingwood looks upon South Shields from it’s lofty pile in Tynemouth reminding us of the way in which the forgotten Northumbrian hero kept his eye on the English fleet and saved the nation from a disaster.

Cuthbert Collingwood was born in Newcastle-upon-Tyne in 1748 and was sent to sea with the Navy by the age of 12. By 1772, Collingwood was an experienced seaman, and he was sent to Jamaica where he met another midshipman by the name of Horatio Nelson. Both were to rise through the ranks together serving their country in foreign seas. It was the start of a life-long friendship between the two men.

The Battle of Trafalgar has become inextricably linked with the name of Lord Nelson, but Collingwood’s involvement was huge. On October 21, 1805 the combined forces of France and Spain were annihilated by the English fleet following a bloody battle.

There were many heroes that day, not least Nelson, who was mortally injured in the fighting. As Nelson lay dying, Collingwood took control amongst the thunderous battle that raged all around him. In routing the French and Spanish enemy forces from his ship, the Royal Sovereign, Collingwood defeated the foreign forces. Had the Royal Navy lost the battle, Napoleon with his 115,000 troops based at Boulogne, would have swept across the channel and invaded England.

With Collingwood’s help the British Navy did not lose a single ship at Trafalgar, and the country was saved from invasion. He brought the fleet home unscathed in the teeth of a terrifying storm in the Bay of Biscay which resulted in him being awarded the title Baron Collingwood of Coldburne and Heathpool.



Written by curly

June 9, 2007 at 12:01 am

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  1. He’s got a suburb named after him in Melbourne

    Now, here’s another thing. if I’m not mistaken, the strip of Newcastle football club is black and white? So is Collingwood Australian Rules footy club (the Magpies)

    But that doesn’t seem to be connected.

    “Collingwood was generally considered to be the child of the Brittania Football club- a local junior team that played on Victoria Park as early as 1882.

    Brittania actually had early links with nearby Fitzroy. The desire to have a team representing the community was fuelled by the sight of the adjoining Fitzroy team performing so well in the VFA.

    There was a push to have a Collingwood team included in the VFA in 1889, but that move foundered. At this stage there was no Collingwood team as such, but the locals pushed hard to be part of the VFA and in 1891 were given the go-ahead to play in the 1892 season if they could bring Victoria Park up to the standard required for top flight competition.

    Because Brittania’s colors of blue and white with a scarlet sash were similar to Footscray’s, the new Collingwood team had to change and they opted for black and white vertical stripes on the suggestion of William Crawley, a member who had been impressed by the then black and white colors of the SA inter-colonial team. He also suggested the “Magpies” nickname which has become synonymous with the club from its very first game.”


    June 9, 2007 at 5:44 am

  2. What a shot.
    I like perspective like this, taking photos from down. I think it’s the best way to show their majesty.
    And this majesty statue with the sky above is just perfect.


    June 9, 2007 at 8:38 am

  3. Great shot, the perspective makes it. Thanks a lot for the information. Of course i didn’t know that. So Collingwood seems to be the forgotten hero. He should stand side by side with Nelson on Trafalgar Square.


    June 9, 2007 at 9:45 am

  4. Quite so, Sir.

    FYI I discovered that the pinkish thing greatly boosted the yellow…so there you go. Scary!! I agree. Lovley Tyneside stuff as always, C.


    June 12, 2007 at 5:35 pm

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