Admiral Nelson’s body was preserved in brandy. 

I learned this on a tour of London this weekend. During the battle of Trafalgar in 1805, the victorious Admiral took a sniper bullet to the shoulder and soon died. The ship’s surgeon William Beatty decided to preserve his body for the passage home in a barrel of brandy. Fun rumor: the ship’s crew got so drunk during the voyage they accidentally drank the brandy from the barrel containing the body. learn more