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Would you like some Cheese with your Festival Ale? 19 February, 2010

Posted by Molly Joyful in Cuthbert Collingwood, things you don't need but probably want.
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We had the Collingwood tin soldier.
We had the  Collingwood washing stand.
We had the Collingwood beer.

And while we’re waiting for the commemorative Collingwood chocolate, thanks to Doddington Dairy Ltd. you can have


Admiral Collingwood - Truly Heroic Cheese

Sightings of Wallace and Gromit on the A697 to Wooler have already been reported.

Special thanks to Nana for this one.



1. Jen - 19 February, 2010

Oh, that’s funny :)

I don’t like cheese, though :)

Molly Joyful - 20 February, 2010

Not much a cheese fan, either, but I’d definitely give The Heroic Cheese a try!

2. ShipRat - 19 February, 2010

Best artwork ever.

“washed regularly in Newcastle Brown Ale”… now I’m hungry AND thirsty.

Molly Joyful - 20 February, 2010

Living in cheese central, I should probably be a great connaisseur and lover of cheese, alas… but that label? Best. Ever. If the cheese they produce is as fantastic as the artwork used on the website, they must be Kings of Cheese. :-)

3. ShipRat - 21 February, 2010

I am a cheesaholic. I’m shielded from the temptations of Doddington Dairy and Festival Ale by an ocean between. Otherwise I’d weigh 3 times what I do. ;-)

Collingwood must have delved into the cheese and ale and home cooking when he was at Morpeth in 1791-92: middle-age spread set in.
In 1793, after several months back at work on Rear-Admiral Bowyer’s flagship, he wrote to his sister:
“We have been having a tedious time in getting this [ship] of ours manned . . . . Adml Bowyer was very much pleased with his ship, but I can assure you it cost me some fat to make her what she is. I am not oppressed with belly now, and was never in my life in better health.”

Molly Joyful - 23 February, 2010

Hah, that’s a neat quote! :-) Collingwood’s Efficient Dietary Regime – I’ll take it into account in the scheduled “Naval Food” post.

Sooo… what are your thoughts on “Stilton with Port” then? My best friend is addicted to it.

ShipRat - 23 February, 2010

Don’t care for port, just pass me the Stilton.

4. ShipRat - 21 February, 2010

*slapping my forehead* How could I forget? Good old English cheese played a humble role in reconciliation after the Battle of Trafalgar.

Nelson’s last prayer read in part, “may humanity after Victory be the predominant feature in the British fleet.” His prayer was answered by the superhuman efforts of officers and men to save and succor the wounded in the dreadful storm that followed the battle.

(Incidentally the 200-year-old question of whether fewer lives would have been lost had Collingwood given the order to anchor immediately after the battle, rather than several hours later, is one that I’m not about to solve…)

In succeeding years Collingwood was able to trade on the credit earned with the Spanish government and people by his humane leadership after the battle.

“[After Trafalgar] Admiral Collingwood . . . continued, during the war with Spain, in the frequent interchange of civilities with Admiral Alava and the Marquis de Solana. Out of the many letters that passed between them, two are inserted below, as proofs of the courtesy which prevailed during the continuance of hostilities, and contributed greatly to the powerful influence which Lord Collingwood exercised over the people of Spain, on the return of peace.

Off Cadiz, Nov. 1805.

I beg your Lordship will accept my very best thanks for your kind present of a cask of most excellent wine. As a token of your esteem, it is peculiarly grateful to me. I wish I had any thing half so good to send your Excellency: but, perhaps, an English cheese may be a rarity at Cadiz; and I accordingly take the liberty of begging your Lordship’s acceptance of one, and of a cask of porter. *

I have the honour to be,
With the highest esteem, &c.

* These articles proved to be great rarities at Cadiz: and the Marquis invited so large a party to partake of them, that they were consumed in that entertainment.”

Molly Joyful - 23 February, 2010

What would I do without you, oh trusted walking Collingwood-encyclopedia! :-D (Seriously, I’m very grateful for your posts; I’m terribly unorganised and despite 2098083095830 post-it notes, I never find the quotes I’m looking for).

Cheese and porter – that proves my theory that diplomacy is more often a matter of the stomach than of the tongue! ;-)

5. ShipRat - 23 February, 2010

I’m hardly an encyclopedia (crib notes maybe). But it wouldn’t be difficult to become one, because there’s just not a heck of a lot of published information on Collingwood.

In this case the situation was memorable. Many of Collingwood’s personal possessions were lost in the battle: he scarcely had a plate to eat from or a fork to eat with. The ships’ stores must have been in a similar state. What on earth was he going to send to the Spanish as a reciprocal gift? …Aha! He hoped a lowly cheese would do.

Would it do? I loved my mental image of the Spanish notables devouring the entire cheese in one sitting, leaving scarcely a crumb…

Jen - 23 February, 2010

The poor chairs, who had lost arms and legs without hope of pension?

6. ShipRat - 23 February, 2010

Exactly. Well quoted. A characteristic bit of dry, whimsical, slightly morbid humor.

ShipRat - 23 February, 2010

Make that “very morbid”.

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