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    Re: South coast UK Navigation Museums
    From: Geoffrey Kolbe
    Date: 2014 Apr 08, 08:12 +0100
    On 07/04/2014 20:51, Frank Reed wrote:

    Anybody else? Things to do in Portsmouth?? Places to stay near there that aren't swamped by tourism?


    Well, HMS Victory is a must-see, of course. It is very well laid out and the info-boards are very good. Then there is the Mary Rose, which sank in front of Henry VIII's astonished gaze (heeled in the wind and the bottom gunports were open...), which I believe is now in a purpose built museum a stones-throw from the Victory and open for viewing. And, a few hundred yards away, HMS Warrior, the ultimate weapon of her day (launched in 1860). So much so that she never fired a shot in anger - never had to! It is fascinating to see the contrasts and the similarities to the Victory, launched around a hundred years earlier, and see how warship design was evolving. There is a lot of other stuff to look at in Portsmouth dockyard to keep you fascinated for a full day.

    You should definitely book ahead for a hotel, (scan the Internet), but the tourist season is not in full swing yet and I do not anticipate problems in getting accommodation nearby.

    Dr Geoffrey Kolbe, Riccarton Farm, Newcastleton, TD9 0SN
    Tel: 013873 76715 Mob: 07811 154621
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