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Portsmouth in Hampshire County, England, United Kingdom
 

Taking a closer look

 

—Conserving Victory —

 
Taking a closer look Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, July 30, 2018
1. Taking a closer look Marker
Inscription.
In 2013 and 2014 we undertook a series of studies to improve our understanding of HMS Victory and her significance to help decide the best ways of preserving the ship for the future.

A highly detailed laser scanning exercise revealed Victory’s true shape and analysis of her structure revealed she was collapsing due to inadequate support.

In the early 1920s the decision was made to put Victory permanently in dry dock. By 1925 the ship was held up by a cradle of steel supports with only 22 points of contact holding her in place.

After 160 years afloat this represented a drastic change as the ship was no longer supported by the evenly distributed pressure of water. Over time, 90 years of uneven pressure had caused the decks to drop closer to the keel, forcing the hull to bulge. This movement was also allowing rainwater to seep into the upper decks and planking.

( photo captions )
Left: Bow view of Victory which has been adjusted to exaggerate the distortion in the hull planking
Before A view of the dock bottom showing the former arrangement of the dock cradle.
After The same view of the dock bottom showing the new arrangement of support props.
 
Location. 50° 48.089′ N, 1° 
Taking a closer look Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, July 30, 2018
2. Taking a closer look Marker
6.544′ 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. A battle against time (here, next to this marker); Hidden layers (a few steps from 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); Here Nelson Fell (within shouting distance of this marker); Field Gun Competition (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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