Portsmouth, England

Brian is taking me on a tour of the southwest of England. On our way to Cornwall he creates a whirlwind tour of incredible sites.  First stop, Portsmouth.  We are headed to see the Victory, Nelson’s ship, and for another dose of all things British Naval history. Our visit to Chatham has stoked the fires. We take the ferry over from Gosport one morning to get an early start on our full day.  We can see the Spinaker Tower and the Warrior on our crossing.

We head straight for the Victory, hoping to make the most of every minute we have. She’s stunning.

Next stop, the Mary Rose, which is incredible considering she was built 500 years ago. She sank in the mid 1500s and was raised in the 1980s, at which time an enormous preservation effort began. The artifacts and remaining timbers are really impressive.

Then we head for the M33, one of only three surviving ships from WWI, she was considered a lucky ship because she never suffered even a single casualty.


And finally, the Warrior, an iron clad warship from 1860.

It’s ridiculous how quickly time evaporates here.  I’m exhausted by the end of more than four hours, and yet there is still more to see.

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