Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Admiral Nelson's Victory at Trafalgar exhibit on board the Star of India

Model, HMS Victory, at the Maritime Museum of San Diego, in an exhibit hall on the main deck of the Star of India (Euterpe). The real Victory was launched in 1765 and thus was already 40 years old and the survivor of many sea battles by the time the battle of Trafalgar occurred in 1805. With 104 guns and three decks, she was a great and powerful first-rate ship of the line, but not as immense as the four-decker Nuestra Señora de la Santísima Trinidad that was built by Spain. (Although the Spanish ship was considered to be the largest warship in the world, her sailing qualities were reflected in the nickname "El Ponderoso". She was captured and then sank after the battle of Trafalgar.)

model of HMS Victory, three-decker first-rate battleship that was Vice Admiral Nelson's flagship at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. This battle, along with Nelson's actions in Egypt and Copenhagen, essentially ended France's serious claims to rivalry with British naval power. Napoleon would have to try for imperial dominance on land hereafter.

Diorama and exhibit about the battle of Trafalgar, off the Spanish coast, with a representation of Nelson's famous message to his fleet, using a flag signal code of the era.

Another ship represented among the exhibits on board the Star of India is the Swedish royal ship Vasa. The original Vasa foundered on her maiden voyage not far from land and was relatively well preserved by cold water until recent times.


At 1:55 PM, August 31, 2011, Blogger JP said...

Hurrah Huzzah!

I haven't been to see the real Victory in years and years - keep meaning to go to Portsmouth to see it.

I think there is a similar model of the Victory at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich

At 12:56 AM, September 01, 2011, Blogger Carol Anne said...

Ah, yes, I remember seeing the Victory the year I lived in England. Magnificent ship! (Of course, since I'm very short, I didn't have problems with bumping my head, except in a very few places.)

At 1:02 AM, September 01, 2011, Blogger Pat said...

Victory's website says she has topmasts out for the first time since World War II -- this time for some significant maintenance. I would think that photograph of the work and the shortened ship might make for an interesting blog post.

When we finally get to your side of the pond, I could see getting a "big ticket" or extended-duration pass to spend a good deal of time at the Portsmouth dockyard and the Portsmouth and Gosport ships and exhibits.

Oooh, here's another potential blog post or series ... ideas for travel itineraries for visiting sailor folk ... Great Britain in Bristol, the former royal yacht up north, Belfast on the Thames, Cutty Sark and Gypsy Moth, Greenwich Observatory, plus all the yotting centres (IOW/Southampton water), et al.

At 1:03 AM, September 01, 2011, Blogger Pat said...

photographs/photography -- sorry, I keep losing letters!

At 9:08 AM, September 01, 2011, Blogger JP said...

Oooh - now that *is* a good idea!

At 1:08 PM, September 03, 2011, Blogger Pat said...

The extended-duration pass for the Victory/Portsmouth dockyard attractions seems to be a great deal. The San Diego Maritime has a similarly great deal; the $14 regular daily admission ticket can be transformed for a mere $5 extra into a ticket good for a year.


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