How Admiral Horatio Nelson Ended Up Dead in a Barrel of Brandy

The Death of Nelson (1864). Painting by Daniel Maclise (1806–1870)

Naval legend Admiral Nelson died on October 21st, 1805 shortly after being shot by a French sniper while standing on the deck his ship, Victory. Following the British victory at the Battle of Trafalgar, the survivors of the conflict were left with a dilemma -- how could they preserve Nelson's body long enough for the corpse to receive an appropriate burial back home?