Navy hero Lord Nelson admitted getting seasick in letter
A letter that England's greatest Navy hero Lord Nelson wrote a year before he died, has revealed that he used to suffer from seasickness.
The letter has been put on display in Tunbridge Wells museum in Kent.
"I am ill every time it blows hard and nothing but my enthusiastic love for the profession keeps me one hour at sea," the Mirror quoted him as writing.
It was sent in October 1804 from HMS Victory to Lord Camden's home at Bayham Abbey, East Sussex, after his relative Francis James left the ship.
The letter, which was found recently in the Camden family archives, is a show of sympathy for a 16-year-old nephew of the 2nd Earl of Camden, telling him why he was not suited to naval life.
A spokeswoman for Tunbridge Wells Museum said that the letter was "hugely important because of its historical context."
"The letter was written in October 1804 from HMS Victory in the Mediterranean where Nelson was permanently stationed to counter French influence," she said.
"This was just a year before his great victory - and death - at the Battle of Trafalgar. It also gives a fascinating insight into the character of this great naval hero," she added.