One of history’s greatest love stories involved one of naval history’s greatest icons—we refer, of course, to the legendary romance between Horatio Nelson and Emma, Lady Hamilton. It was the kind of sizzling affair that burns everything in its path; wrecked marriage, a love child, living in sin—all the elements of juicy scandal were there even by today’s jaded standards, so one can easily imagine how the Nelson-Hamilton thing must have set tongues wagging in the early 1800s. The tale has oft been told of the stunningly beautiful blacksmith’s daughter who rose through the ranks of society in rather flamboyant and promiscuous fashion, of how Nelson upon meeting her became smitten, as so many others had before, and how they fell hopelessly, madly in love, and a fiery, torrid—yes, well, that will be quite enough of that, quite enough indeed. . .