Britain's great naval
Portsmouth is renowned as the home of HMS Victory, flagship
of Britain's greatest-ever naval hero, Horation Nelson. Completed
in 1765, the Victory was home to a crew of up to 800. She carried
Nelson to victory over the French and Spanish at the Battle of Trafalgar
in 1805, though Nelson, pacing the quarterdeck, was wounded by a
French sniper late on in the battle, tragically dying from his wound
a short time later.
Portsmouth's Historic Naval Dockyard provides
a fascinating tour of the world's most famous warship, along with
many other attractions, including:
- the Mary Rose, which sank off Portsmouth
in 1545 in full view of King Henry VIII; the bulk of the hull was
raised in 1982. It is exhibited, still undergoing conservation,
along with more than 1,000 artefacts.
- HMS Warrior, the world's first iron-hulled
warship; when launched in 1860, she was the biggest, fastest, most
fearsome warship afloat.
Follow the links below for more information on
England's great naval heritage: