Kevin and I continued our tourist activities today, taking the train down to Portsmouth to visit the historic dockyard. In the end we only had time to visit HMS Victory and the Mary Rose but we??re going back tomorrow to see all the other museums there. I took quite a few photos during our tour of HMS Victory (photography of the Mary Rose isn??t permitted) and came away with this selection of shots which I was particularly pleased with. Light levels inside the ship are very low in places so capturing things hand held with slow shutter speeds was a real challenge at times. HMS Victory was completed in 1765 and served in the fleet for 34 years. However, her most famous outing was as the flagship of the fleet in the Battle of Trafalgar, the ship on which Admiral Lord Nelson was killed in 1805. She??s been in dry dock in Portsmouth since 1922 and has been heavily restored over the decades (although she??s not in sea-worthy condition). As we walked around the ship today I rapidly decided I would have made a very poor sailor ?? I found the cramped quarters below decks quite unsettling and even at only 5 feet, 7 inches tall I was too tall for comfort in most parts of the ship!
by Helen Hooker August. 12, 2009 3579 views