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Portsmouth in Hampshire County, England, United Kingdom
 

A battle against time

 

—Conserving Victory —

 
A battle against time Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, July 30, 2018
1. A battle against time Marker
Inscription.
Lord Nelson’s flagship HMS Victory is the world’s oldest commissioned warship and famous for playing a crucial role at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805, a naval battle which contributed to the defeat of Napoleon in 1815.

The ship is currently undergoing an extensive multi-million pound conservation programme to defend her against the ravages of time. And so begins a new battle . . .

The conservation project encompasses £27 million of work to be completed over the next 15 years. All the external hull planking will be replaced and the historic fabric of the ship will be stabilized with a state-of-the-art support system.

Every mast will be repaired for the first time in 125 years. The upper sections of all three masts have already been removed. This includes 20 miles of associated rigging and 768 wooden blocks, some of which are 100 years old.

( photo captions )
Above: A specialist team of riggers working on Victory’s mizzen mast.
Above right: Rotten hull planking has been removed from Victory’s bow, revealing the ship’s frames.
Right: We have made HMS Victory weathertight by sealing the joints in the upper deck planking — a process known as caulking.
 
Location. 50° 48.086′ N, 1° 6.544′ 
HMS Victory image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, July 30, 2018
2. HMS Victory
W. Marker is in Portsmouth, England, in Hampshire County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Queen Street and Wickham Street, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Located in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. Marker is in this post office area: Portsmouth, England PO1 3LR, United Kingdom.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Taking a closer look (here, next to this marker); Hidden layers (within shouting distance of this marker); H.M.S. Trafalgar (within shouting distance of this marker); Victory will appear ‘as at Trafalgar’ (within shouting distance of this marker); Ship shape (within shouting distance of this marker); Field Gun Competition (within shouting distance of this marker); Here Nelson Fell (within shouting distance of this marker); Field Gun (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Portsmouth.
 
Also see . . .  HMS Victory. (Submitted on August 31, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
 
Categories. Waterways & Vessels
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 31, 2018. This page originally submitted on August 31, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 36 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 31, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.
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