HMS Pickle en route to Falmouth


Ladies and Gents, Unfortunately due to the current situation surrounding COVID 19, it has been decided not to host our traditional Trafalgar Night, we simply can't accommodate the numbers given the requirements of the MOI and Qatari Government to ensure social distancing etc.

However RNA Qatar will be hosting a Pickle Night with reduced numbers (max 50).  This will be held at the Marriot Marquis (City Centre) in a private room in the Crossroads Restaurant, we will have our own bar.  In conjunction with the Marriott we will comply with all Government guidelines to ensure your safety during these times.

The dress code will be that worn in 1805 (please see the illustration below), if you would like the kit this can be purchased through Military Party Planners in the UK (click on their banner below) at a reasonable price.  Please note that a Matelot's straw hat worn in the 1800's with authentic HMS Pickle cap tally is included in the price of the ticket.


The RNA will have a private function room in the Crossroads Restaurant, food will be served buffet style with our own bar.  The Crossroads Bar will be open from 2200hrs (payment required) after our function.  There is more on the history of HMS Pickle and Pickle night if you scroll down.  See you there ya scurvy lot





 Only QR 400

1800's Royal Naval straw boater with authentic HMS Pickle cap tally INCLUDED worth QR65

3 hour package 1900 to 2200hrs consists of:





  • Tuscan Bean Soup, country bread (G)

  • BBQ Chicken, Cobb Salad, bacon and mixed lettuce, blue cheese, avocado, apple cider vinaigrette

  • CK’s sushi & sashimi


Main Course

  • Antichucho beef skewers

  • Boiled potatoes & corn, aji amarillo dip

  • Zarzuela de mariscos: Iberian seafood stew & rustic bread

  • Char Kway Teao: Penang flat fried spicey noodles (V)

  • Nyama Choma: Kenyan style BBQ lamb & beef, roasted maize

  • Nasi goreng: fried rice Indonesia’s national pride

  • Bucket of prawns, garlic, lemon butter or spicy Cajun seasoning



  • Tres leche cake

  • Malai kulfi invented by the Mughal Empire, cardamom, saffron and pistachio flavour


Goffas/drinks (unlimited)

  • Beers

  • Red & white wine

  • Fruit juices

  • Water

  • Rum for the toast (limited)

                                                                                      HMS Pickle and Pickle Night


HMS Pickle was a topsail schooner of the Royal Navy. She was originally a civilian vessel named Sting, of six guns, that Lord Hugh Seymour purchased to use as a tender on the Jamaica station.

During the Battle of Trafalgar (21 October 1805), Pickle and the other small vessels kept well back from the fighting, as a single broadside from a ship of the line would have sunk her instantly.  Pickle herself was stationed to the north-west of the weather line, where Nelson was leading HMS Victory into battle.

Pickle was the first ship to bring the news of Nelson's victory to Great Britain, arriving at Falmouth on 4 November 1805, after a hard voyage in bad weather.  Vice Admiral Collingwood, who had assumed command after the death of Nelson, chose her to carry his dispatches describing the battle and announcing Nelson's death.  Collingwood sent Pickle, captained by John Richards Lapenotière, back to Britain with the dispatches telling of the great victory.  This was a signal honour for any junior officer as it almost guaranteed promotion. After arriving in Falmouth, Lapenotière took a chaise to London to deliver the dispatches to the Admiralty, stopping 21 times to change horses. The Admiralty duly promoted him to Commander for this service, and the Committee of the Lloyd's Patriotic Fund gave him a sword worth 100 guineas and £500 in cash.

Pickle Night commemorates the arrival of the news of Nelson’s victory at Trafalgar and his death.

In 1974, the Royal Naval Barracks in Portsmouth, known as Victory Barracks, became HMS Nelson.  The renaming was anything but smooth because personal approval had to be sought from the Queen, as her great grandfather Edward VII had decreed that the new Barracks at Portsmouth was to be known as Victory Barracks.

The name change took place in June 1974, on the anniversary of the Battle of the Nile.  To commemorate the event, the Mess President of the Warrant Officers and Chief Petty Officers Mess (Petty Officers were separate then) sought approval for them to celebrate Trafalgar Night in the same way as the Wardroom.

It was deemed that there could be difficulties with the senior Mess and Wardroom celebrating at the same time so the Cdr suggested that they should instead celebrate the arrival of the news in this country in HMS Pickle.


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