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A Day Out In Portsmouth

I’ve been to the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard before, but as my yearly ticket can be used as many times as I like for £24.25, I thought I had better go again. I chose today, as the weather looked it might by sunny in the afternoon. I got the weather wrong, as it was sunny from when I arrived in Portsmouth Harbour station at about 12:30, courtesy of South West Trains for £23.30 in ninety minutes.

I walked to Carluccio’s in the Gunwharf Quays shopping centre by the station so I could have some lunch. But it would be much nicer if there was a direct connection between the station and the shopping centre.

Every time I visit Portsmouth there seems to be more to see, especially in the Dockyard.

May 13, 2014 Posted by | World | , , , | 3 Comments

The Mary Rose And The Vasa Compared

In many ways comparing these two preserved ships is a bit like being asked to judge between two great actors, artists or musicians, who is the best.

In some ways to appreciate either, you must see the other one, as I have done in the last few weeks.

The Vasa is obviously more complete and in a better state, due to being a hundred or so years younger and being in the less destructive waters of the Baltic. Compare my pictures of the Vasa with those of the Mary Rose.

One big difference, is that when the Vasa sunk, it was almost an empty ship as it had not been fully victualled, whereas the Mary Rose was a ship full of supplies and artefacts, so it gives valuable insight into Tudor life. The two museums reflect this difference.

In some ways though it is best to almost consider the Vasa and the Mary Rose as two separate galleries in the same museum.  Add in HMS Victory and HMS Warrior, with perhaps a visit to HMS Belfast and you have an almost complete living history of warship design.

In some ways though, those that work on both the Mary Rose and the Vasa are very close and a lot of the preservation techniques have been used on both vessels. If we ever find and raise another ancient wooden ship, we probably have the knowledge and competence to show it to everyone’s advantage.

The design and architecture of both museums may also find applications in other areas of archaeology, where we need to show delicate items.

July 18, 2013 Posted by | World | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

The Mary Rose

One of the main reasons to go to Portsmouth was to see the Mary Rose.

The building might look rather bland on the outside, but the Tudor warship and the way it is displayed surrounded by objects retrieved from the wreck is truly spectacular.

Some of these pictures were taken from a glass-walled lift that ascends at one end of the museum giving superb views of the ship.

It will become even more spectacular inhopefully 2016, when because the ship will be completed dried out and preserved, they will be able to fully open up the views of the ship.

July 18, 2013 Posted by | World | , , , , | 1 Comment

HMS Victory

I hadn’t been over HMS Victory for many years.

it is a bit stunted at the moment, as the masts have been taken away for some work, but they now give you free run right into the depths of the ship.

July 18, 2013 Posted by | World | , , , | 1 Comment

HMS Warrior

HMS Warrior was the first ship I visited.

HMS Warrior was Britain’s first iron-hulled, armoured warship, when she was built in 1960 and she still floats in Portsmouth Harbour.

This site is her official web site.

July 18, 2013 Posted by | World | , , , | 1 Comment

Around Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

These pictures are a few general ones of Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.

Note the cheese and ham toastie. It was a surprise in the Georgian Tea Rooms. They also had jacket potatoes.

July 18, 2013 Posted by | World | , , | 1 Comment

You Can’t Miss Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

I went to Portsmouth yesterday to look at the Historic Dockyard and in particular to see the Mary Rose.

I took the train from Waterloo to Portsmouth Harbour station and when you walk out of the station, you can’t exactly miss the dockyard.

You Can't Miss Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

You Can’t Miss Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

The ship is HMS Warrior.

I do have a couple of issues with South West Trains though.

I travelled First Glass and on trains like Virgin, East Coast and Greater Anglia, you get complimentary drinks. But not on South West Trains.

The Class 444 trains, seem to have an absence of litter bins in First Class.  Perhaps First Class passengers throw everything on the floor.

The station also seems to have a lack of any sort of map.  Not that I needed one, as I could see my destination from the station entrance.

July 18, 2013 Posted by | Transport, World | , , , , | Leave a comment