H.M.S. Britannia (1762-1826) served as flagship to Rear-Admiral Lord Northesk, Third-in-Command at Trafalgar and is thought to be the oldest ship engaged in the battle on either side; Lieut. J. Wells was born in Hull in 1784 and entered service in 1803. He served in Britannia at the blockade of Brest, 1804-5 and served as Signal-Midshipman at Trafalgar. He resigned the service in 1816 and died in 1841 aged 56.