Patrick Arends
Photography

Overview for Portsmouth

HMS Victory!

The HMS Victory is one of the few - if not the only - remaining historic ship of the real old days (1765). Admiral Lord Nelson defeated the French and the Spanish with it in the Battle of Trafalgar. It is a scary thought knowing that this massive wooden box has sailed the world's seas with over 800 people on board and survived it all. The timber floor boards crack under foot and the beams and supports are hundreds of years old. Visiting Nelson's Great Cabin is surreal. He was in charge of 27 ships of the fleet from this room. You can imagine how he would have stood over a large table with hand drawn nautical charts, plotting his next move. You can feel his spirit is still alive! (more...)