OF THE 4th victory
Perhaps the most significant and in some ways most mysterious wreck is that of HMS Victory, the precursor of Nelsonís famous ship. This flagship of the British fleet was homeward bound from the Mediterranean, after skirmishing with the French fleet, when - in the autumn of 1744 - she became separated from the accompanying vessels. She sank after striking the Black Rock on the Casquets off Alderney. Not a soul survived; no fewer than 1,100 officers and ratings perished. It remains a mystery how HMS Victory - commanded by an Admiral and manned with a specially selected crew - became separated from the rest of the fleet and was lost without a single survivor.
VICTORY : THE FIVE VICTORY'S : PROFILE
OF H.M.S. VICTORY