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Classic schooner has new home in Britain

A replica of a classic schooner believed to have been built in Bermuda, whose contribution to the Battle of Trafalgar is still commemorated by the Royal Navy, is today being installed at a new home in Hull Marina.

The original HMS Pickle carried the news of the Trafalgar victory home to Britain, arriving there on November 4 — an event which the navy still celebrates each year as “Pickle Night”.

The Pickle is thought to have been built of Bermuda cedar in 1799. Its contribution to the iconic battle from the age of sail will be marked for its 210th anniversary this year on November 6.

The Pickle replica, right, will be led to its berth today by the HMS Explorer. Commanding Officer Lieutenant Anthony Kane said its arrival had generated keen interest in Hull.