Adventures in the UK Day 2 – The Mary Rose

Today we’re at the Portsmouth Naval Yard. Lots to see here, but we have two main destinations in mind: The Mary Rose and HMS Victory.

Off we go!

The Mary Rose

Remains of the Mary RoseThe Mary Rose was in service for 34 years and sunk unexpectedly off the coast of Portsmouth in 1545, during the Battle of the Solent.

This picture above is a view of one of the sides of the ship from the inside out, and you can see some of the different decks.

What struck me first was how much of the ship they were able to salvage, when you consider it’s been under water almost 500 years. The museum did a wonderful job of helping you visualize not only the full size of the ship, but what life was like on the ship. They projected holograms onto the vessel to show crew working in the different areas such as carpentry or the kitchen.

We also saw several displays featuring crew members whose faces had been reconstructed from their skeletal remains.

HMS Victory

The HMS Victory was intact and looked beautiful. You could walk on all the decks, although if you were tall (or even no-so-tall), you had to bend over because the ceilings were quite low. I’m 5’6″ and I had to watch my head quite a bit, especially on the lowest decks.

Areas such as the captains quarters, the kitchen and the hold were presented with items accurate to the time period to give you an idea of how the ship looked in its heyday. Some pieces may have been original.

Most impressive were the rows of cannons (like the one you see below outside the ship) on both sides of the ship. Unfortunately, I was too busy bending over to protect my head that I didn’t get any photos of the cannons inside the ship. 😀

Cannon outside the HMS Victory

Stay tuned for more!

Tomorrow we’re headed to one of my most anticipated stops — Highclere Castle (aka Downton Abbey). Can’t wait! 😀

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