Nelson's 'coffin' has sold at auction
SOURCE: History Today (9-25-08)
A box made from a barrel used to transport Nelson’s body after the Battle of Trafalgar has sold at auction. An anonymous bidder paid £8,160 at the Bonhams Knightsbridge Marine Sale on September 23rd, which also included a mourning ring (£18,000) made for friends and relatives of the naval commander. The wood used for the silver-mounted oak box is thought to have come from a water barrel filled with brandy to preserve Nelson’s remains on the journey to England on HMS Victory. Nelson was killed on his flagship during the fighting against the French fleet on October 21st, 1805.