Nelson's Yankee Captain
The Life of Boston Loyalist Sir Benjamin Hallowell.
You will have an opportunity to meet one of our distinguished members.
Bryan Elson, author and historian from Halifax will be here at The Victory to present his new book, sign copies for you and do some selected readings. Bryan is a retired Royal Canadian Navy officer and is the current director of the Canadian Naval Memorial Trust in Halifax.
This book will appeal not only to history buffs and Nelson fans, but also to all interested in Loyalist history and how members of this staunchly Loyalist family left New England and ultimately came to Upper Canada.
As a matter of "local interest", our premises, The Victory, are situated on the Hallowell land grant, named after Benjamin Hallowell who was the Commissioner of Customs in Boston largely responsible for provoking the "tea party", and his son is most popularly known as having made Nelson's coffin from remnants of L'ORIENT which blew up alongside the SWIFTSURE which Hallowell commanded at the battle of the Nile. He also slapped Admiral Sir John Jervis on his back during the Battle of Cape St Vincent in a display of totally unbecoming familiarity for a very junior officer - Jervis subsequently wrote very highly of Hallowell.