Captain Maurice Suckling, 1725-1778 - National Maritime MuseumNelson owed his entry into the Navy to the influence of his uncle Maurice Suckling, his mother’s brother, captain of the 64-gun ship ‘Raisonnable’ when he joined in 1771.
Admiral Nelson's hangar sword. Hanger, which is said to have belonged to Captain Maurice Suckling (1725-1778) and Vice-Admiral Horatio Nelson (1758-1805). The hilt consists of a gilt brass, straight stirrup guard of trapezoid section. The guard leads from the pommel via a horizontal cross at the stool to a short upturned quillon with a disc shaped finial. The guard is engraved with the words 'Capt Suckling Comg. HMS Triumph'.