The twenty-eighth of December, 2010: Cuthbert and the Black Middens

This is the memorial to Admiral Cuthbert Collingwood (1748-1810) at Tynemouth, Newcastle-upon-Tyne (which is a lovely place).

Despite having a weed‘s Christian name, Collingwood was an A-list military hero, distinguishing himself particularly at the battle of Trafalgar (1805) and prompting wee Lord Nelson (5’4″) to remark: “See how that noble fellow Collingwood carries his ship into action!”

This is as good a time as any to note that Cuthbert is not the only Collingwood to come from the north-east, represent his country with courage and honour, and vanquish an historic foe:

From his monument, Admiral Collingwood has a spectacularly good view of the River Tyne, North and South Shields, and the dreaded Black Middens. Although he must be perishingly cold up there.

Clutterbuck doesn’t usually do dedications… but this one’s for Frin, who knows why.

See how that noble fellow Collingwood carries his ship into actionSee how that noble fellow Collingwood carries his ship into action

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