Tuesday, 10 June 2008
Royal Naval Museum, Portsmouth
The figurehead of HMS Victory.
The side of the HMS Victory. In slightly better nick than it was late in the day in October 1805 after it lead the charge into the Battle of Trafalgar.
Fully restored, you can go through the whole ship; plaques mark the spots where Nelson was shot and where he later died.
Also at the museum was the truly amazing HMS Warrior; built in 1860 and powered by steam and sail, it was the biggest war ship of its day and none of the guns of the day had the power to pierce its inner armour (4.5" steel and 18" of teak.).
And lets not forget the Mary Rose. It is still being treated with an aqueous wax solution and is in an enormous sealed room with liquid being sprayed on it constantly. You can look at it through a walkway of windows. The lighting makes it look like it is still underwater.
Posted by Lee at 06:04