Portsmouth Historic Dockyard 
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We went to Portsmouth in June mainly to visit the Historic Dockyard, home of the HMS Victory, HMS Warrior, and the remains of the Mary Rose.  There were a few museums as well.  This plaque is near the main entrance.  It's dated 1711 but the port at Portsmouth was a port long before that, and still is today.
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We went to Portsmouth in June mainly to visit the Historic Dockyard, home of the HMS Victory, HMS Warrior, and the remains of the Mary Rose. There were a few museums as well. This plaque is near the main entrance. It's dated 1711 but the port at Portsmouth was a port long before that, and still is today.
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Here's Rod pretending to be a sailor...!
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Here's Rod pretending to be a sailor...!
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A close-up of the figurehead on the HMS Victory, Nelson's ship from around 1805.  It's amazing how detailed the workmanship is on this ship, a pity they were designed for blowing each other out of the water!
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A close-up of the figurehead on the HMS Victory, Nelson's ship from around 1805. It's amazing how detailed the workmanship is on this ship, a pity they were designed for blowing each other out of the water!
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A side view of the HMS Victory, all the 'squares' along the side are cannon ports, the main method of warfare back then. We were surprised that the lower decks had very low ceilings in places, even Karen had to bend down for some that were about 4.5 feet.  OSH hadn't been invented then, it was very plain to see - tiny steep stairs, places where you could hit your head without trying, guns gunpowder and cannonballs everywhere, and little deck fittings to trip over.  Not to forget bullets, cannonballs and sword wielding maniacs from an enemy ship....
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A side view of the HMS Victory, all the 'squares' along the side are cannon ports, the main method of warfare back then. We were surprised that the lower decks had very low ceilings in places, even Karen had to bend down for some that were about 4.5 feet. OSH hadn't been invented then, it was very plain to see - tiny steep stairs, places where you could hit your head without trying, guns gunpowder and cannonballs everywhere, and little deck fittings to trip over. Not to forget bullets, cannonballs and sword wielding maniacs from an enemy ship....
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We also had a good look around the HMS Warrior which dated from the 1860s, the first iron-clad battleship.  It had steam engines as well as the obvious ability to sail by windpower hence the masts and rigging.
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We also had a good look around the HMS Warrior which dated from the 1860s, the first iron-clad battleship. It had steam engines as well as the obvious ability to sail by windpower hence the masts and rigging.
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A much more modest figurehead on the Warrior.
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A much more modest figurehead on the Warrior.
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Here's Rod and our friend Tim, who we spent the time at Portsmouth with, above the main deck of the Warrior.
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Here's Rod and our friend Tim, who we spent the time at Portsmouth with, above the main deck of the Warrior.
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Here's Karen....
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Here's Karen....
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In the timespan between the HMS Victory and the HMS Warrior there was a lot of development in weaponry and warfare but they did still use cannons!  This rather large one fried 110 lb shells which were often heated in the boiler room - see later photos - and transported up to the main deck.  This cannon ran along tracks on the deck, you can just see a couple at the bottom right of the photo.
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In the timespan between the HMS Victory and the HMS Warrior there was a lot of development in weaponry and warfare but they did still use cannons! This rather large one fried 110 lb shells which were often heated in the boiler room - see later photos - and transported up to the main deck. This cannon ran along tracks on the deck, you can just see a couple at the bottom right of the photo.
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The steering wheel(s)!  And yes, there were probably times where it took 4 men to  'drive' it or keep in on course...  Directly below was another set of four.
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The steering wheel(s)! And yes, there were probably times where it took 4 men to 'drive' it or keep in on course... Directly below was another set of four.
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Ah, nice!!!
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Ah, nice!!!
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Lifeboats from the Warrior, OSH was just getting started then.  In the old days you got a plank of wood if you were lucky...
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Lifeboats from the Warrior, OSH was just getting started then. In the old days you got a plank of wood if you were lucky...
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A view of the main deck.  When the ship was under sail, the funnels were retracted.  That's the big yellow things in this photo.
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A view of the main deck. When the ship was under sail, the funnels were retracted. That's the big yellow things in this photo.
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Some of the Warrior's rigging.
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Some of the Warrior's rigging.
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The whatsit at the front of the ship!  You can also see some more of the big-gun tracks on the deck.
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The whatsit at the front of the ship! You can also see some more of the big-gun tracks on the deck.
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Cannon balls on the next deck down from the main deck.
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Cannon balls on the next deck down from the main deck.
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The crew pretty much lived dwon here, they worked, ate and slept here.  As you can see the tables are right by the cannons.  We could only imagine how loud it must have been on this deck when all the cannons were firing!
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The crew pretty much lived dwon here, they worked, ate and slept here. As you can see the tables are right by the cannons. We could only imagine how loud it must have been on this deck when all the cannons were firing!
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Arms were always nearby and consisted of handguns, rifles and swords.  If you couldn't find one of those we surmise you lobbed a cannonball by hand!
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Arms were always nearby and consisted of handguns, rifles and swords. If you couldn't find one of those we surmise you lobbed a cannonball by hand!
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