Tuesday, 2 November 2010

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

At the weekend we went to Portsmouth to the Historic Dockyard. It's the home of the Royal Navy, and it has a load of old warships to go on, plus the Mary Rose Museum (who remembers the Mary Rose being brought up and shown on Blue Peter in 1982?)

We went on HMS Warrior 1860 and saw a gun demonstration by an ex Naval seaman called Knocker Wilkins (or something!) I love the naval names, as soon as you join the navy you seem to lose your first name and get a new nickname that stays with you for the rest of your life.

We also had a tour of HMS Victory, the warship that Vice Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson fought the Battle of Trafalgar on in 1805, and where sadly he lost his life. They brought his body back to England is a brandy barrel, nice!

The children loved Action Stations which is a building full of hands on things for children (and adults) to do. You can fly a Merlin Helicopter, shoot and enemy missiles, do the Ops Room, I think you get the picture.

We also had a boat trip, which is the Harbour Tour. You get to see all the naval ships/ subs that are in port.

All in all the day was a big success. We didn't do everything, but as the ticket lasts a year, you can return and finish the tour off!

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