Friday, June 07, 2013



Here's some photos of one of the most famous ships in the world. It is HMS Victory, preserved at the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard in England since1922. The Oldies spent a day at the dockyard during their big trip in 2007. They were running out of time, so didn't get photos of the inside. Things would have been different if I was there, no excuses about spending too much time looking at the remains of the "Mary Rose". "Victory" has been the flagship of many English admirals at many battles. Admiral Keppel at Ushant in 1778, Howe at Cape Spartel in 1782, Jervis at Cape St Vincent in 1797 and, most famously, Nelson at Trafalgar in 1805. Actually, she is still a commissioned ship of the Royal Navy and is the flagship of the First Sea Lord. Not bad for a ship launched in 1765. Now look at that fantastic forest of ropes, spars and woodwork. It is an artwork as well as a ship and can't you just imagine the fun a small bear could have climbing and clambering all over it? Next time I go too.

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