NEW YORK, N.Y. - On Saturday, Nov. 9, Jack Dean of Westfield, N.Y., and his daughter Connie Mariah Dean of Charlottesville, Va., were invited to and attended a celebration at the New York Yacht Club of the 207th anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar.
The battle took place on Oct. 21, 1805 at Cape Trafalgar off the south-western coast of Spain, south of Cadiz, where Vice Admiral Viscount Lord Nelson commanded the British fleet and defeated the French Navy, though it was his last battle as he was mortally wounded. "Pickle" was the name of the smallest ship in the British fleet as the one chosen to take the message of the fleet's success back to London along with the news that the Admiral was dead.
For more than two centuries, active and retired members of the American and British Navys have donned their dress blues or their black tie suites to come together for a dinner and friendly talk. Chief Operating Officer of the National Museum of the Royal Navy Graham P. Dobbin was the co-chairman. Commodore Eric Fraser of the CSE Naval Attach British Defense Staff United States gave an address emphasizing the friendship between the two countries. Deputy Counsel General and Deputy Head of Mission British Consulate General Nick Artbury welcomed the guests. Retired Rear Admiral Joseph F. Callo, USN, was master of ceremonies, and his wife, retired Captain Sally McElwreath Callo, USNR, was on the dinner committee along with a score of other celebrities.
Dean counts himself a retired seaman after 14 years as a volunteer crew member on the 1586 British replica Sea Lion and the 1813 U.S. Brig Niagara, which won the Battle of Lake Erie capturing the entire British fleet.