HMS Victory, the flagship of...
Favorite thing: HMS Victory, the flagship of Lord Nelson and also the place where he was killed during the Battle of Trafalgar.
You have to join a guided tour to get on the ship and see the inside (and to see the place where Lord Nelson was shot and the place where he finaly died).
It wasn't allowed to take photos on the ship. Take a look at the travelogue for more shots.
Fondest memory: I love the Naval History and old sailing ships of the 1700's - 1800's!! It is amazing what these men went through every day to defend their country. Many men were taken by 'press gangs' in the middel of the night, and found themselves as crew of these ships, fighting for their lives!!! We can not imagine the hardships these men faced every day, from the food or lack of, to the battles, to the years away from home.
See the Historical Dockyard.
Fondest memory: I was at Portsmouth Polytechnic (now Portsmouth University) for three years in the eighties. It was a good place to be a student. While there I was a member of the student drama group (Polydrama), and the teamwork between our backstage crew (of which I was a member) was amazing.
A BIG BANGThis cannon at...
Favorite thing: A BIG BANG
This cannon at Portsmouth gives you an opportunity to see closeup what the vessels carried as armament. They are super heavy and capable of rendering consideraable damage. It was these that gave birth to ships like Old Ironsides and eventually rendered wooden warships obsolete.
Upon seeing the Garrison...
Upon seeing the Garrison Church one could not help but think of an incomplete two story building. This church is certainly not stunning in appearance though it has considerable historical significance.
spend some of your time...
spend some of your time visiting the:
ST. THOMAS CANTERBURY CATHEDRAL
Have to get back to do a quick little Canterbury tale. We did not stop, this was a classic point, click and shoot driveby. Mindful of what happen on the streets of South Central Los Angeles, this was an entirely different type of driveby shooting.
If you were born and raised...
If you were born and raised in the UK don't fail to cruise at least once on this wonderful British built ship named
QUEEN ELIZABETH II
Portsmouth, I should explain, is the closest city to Southampton provided by the VT roster. We did not have an opportunity to spend worthwhile time in Portsmouth on our excursion but we did get a few pictures, it was a scurry in and then we were gone. Supplemented with our visit to a number of areas in and around the general area ought to be sufficient for a page which I'm using Portsmouth as a launch point.
Here, in Southampton, was the end of the first leg of a Trans-Atlantic voyage from New York City. We came across on the flagship of Cunard Lines, the QE2, a ship destined to be one of the greatest ever built.
She still plies the Oceans of the World and will no doubt become a major attraction one day as time and competition force her into retirement. I'd like to think that this wonderful ship will be appropriately established as a museum in a fashion similar to the Queen Mary.
Those who enjoy cruising as a means of travel should experience at least one voyage on the QE2, it is so filled with history that it is an attraction unto itself. To this day, it is still among the most stable and fastest cruise ship in this huge industry.
There just cannot be a more memorable sight than these two grand dames of the Atlantic Ocean, it has brought tears to to the eyes of many millions of people. Whether leaving or entering New York Harbour, this wonderful ship unfailingly slows traffic as people crane their necks as if to see History itself. I need not say what the Statue of Liberty brings forth as a human reaction. The symbolism is world reknown.
Fondest memory: ..
Our tour guide was a taxi driver. We actually took two tours through him, the first on the day that we arrived in Southampton as we came in from New York City and then again, upon returning from a 15 day cruise down the coast to visit Portugal, Spain, France, Italy, Gibraltar Corsica and Morocco.
On the first of these occasions, we had taken a long walk through much of the historical areas in Southampton and hailed a taxi. The driver, as it happens, was an excellent tour guide and offered to give us a quick tour of the nearby areas. We also made arrangements for him to be waiting for us when we returned from our Mediterranean voyage.
Our second excursion was one that started much earlier in the day as he was ready to roll as soon as we disembarked. As we had no luggage to be concerned with, we had all day to spend with him and cannot say enough about his efficiency and historical knowledge.
He often was called upon to be the taxi for the President of the Cunard Lines. As such, he had far more insight than the average person about the history of the QE2 and the 'inside stories' that he told us were as a history teacher. He is far more than a taxi driver.
Visit also the Royal Naval...
Favorite thing: Visit also the Royal Naval Museum to get an overview of the Story of the Navy.
(on the photo: HMS Warrior)
HMS Warrior 1860, the fastest...
Favorite thing: HMS Warrior 1860, the fastest and most powerful battleship of her day.
For some photos of the inside of the ship take a look at the travelogue.
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