There were not many people on the Plymouth Hoe, last Sunday afternoon,
to watch this French Navy Support ship, the Var, being towed across Plymouth Sound,
on her way up the River Tamar, to the Naval Base at Devonport.
But 201 years ago it was a very different matter.
In the summer of 1815, hundreds of people took to small boats and thousands lined the shore
as HMS Bellerophon sailed into The Sound.
They were hoping to catch a glimpse the nation's vanquished foe, Napoleon, who was being transported into exile on the remote island of St Helena, after his defeat at the Battle of Waterloo.