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Portsmouth in Hampshire County, England, United Kingdom
 

Homecoming

 
 
Homecoming Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, July 31, 2018
1. Homecoming Marker
Inscription.
On June 16th 1987, 58 years after leaving Portsmouth a forlorn hulk, Warrior made her triumphant return - a magnificent warship once more. As she came slowly towards the entrance to Portsmouth Harbour an armada of small boats greeted her, guns fired, klaxons sounded, crowds cheered, fireworks exploded and thousands of red, white and blue balloons filled the air. It could have been when, as the pride of the fleet, she had first stirred the country's imagination.

After an hour of careful manoeuvring, she entered her berth. At 5:45pm the tow rope was dropped and Warrior was home to stay – taking her place as an iconic landmark within Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.

There were mixed emotions in Hartlepool as the town bid farewell to the ship that had spent seven years in its care.

On Friday 12th June 1987, Warrior was pulled by tugs from her moorings to begin the four day journey back to Portsmouth. Tankers, ferries and trawlers turned out all along the east coast to salute her. In the English Channel, she had a memorable encounter with HMS London, the Royal Navy's newest vessel. London signalled the message “The Navy's newest ironclad is in company with the oldest I hope look as good as you at your age”

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Preparing
HMS Warrior image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, July 30, 2018
2. HMS Warrior
to leave Hartlepool
Leaving Hartlepool
Homward bound
Entering Portsmouth Harbour
 
Location. 50° 47.9′ N, 1° 6.563′ 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 on the HMS Warrior pier in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. Marker is in this post office area: Portsmouth, England PO1 3QX, United Kingdom.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Labour of Love (a few steps from this marker); RAF – HSL 102 (within shouting distance of this marker); A Sad and Lonely Journey (within shouting distance of this marker); Left behind by progress (within shouting distance of this marker); The First Black Battleship (within shouting distance of this marker); Warrior – the ultimate deterrent (within shouting distance of this marker); The Figurehead (within shouting distance of this marker); Beware of the Wolf (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Portsmouth.
 
Also see . . .
1. HMS Warrior. (Submitted on September 7, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
2. HMS Warrior (1860) on Wikipedia. (Submitted on September 7, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
 
Categories. Waterways & Vessels
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 7, 2018. This page originally submitted on September 7, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 41 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 7, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.
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