Jun 15 2005
A close-up look at the lower stern details on Victory. Also you can see how the black bands do not follow the run of the planking. During Nelson's time, ships were painted according to the preference of their captains, and many were painted black with yellow between the wales (the bands of thicker planking). This meant that several of the aft gunports would cut through the black, and Nelson felt this looked untidy. At Trafalgar, he ordered that all ships be painted the same, so as to more easily identify them, and it was the famous 'Nelson Checquer' that was applied to the ships - with the black band now following the line of the gunports.