On the first May Bank Holiday, 52 Year 6s travelled toPortsmouth to visit its historic dockyard and boardNelson’s Flagship HMS Victory, which they have beenlearning aboutwhilst studying the Battle of Trafalgar as part oftheir history lessons.
HMS Victory was one of the most famous ships of the British Royal Navy. She was the flagship of Admiral Nelson at the decisive 1805 Battle of Trafalgar, during which Nelson was killed. Construction began on the ship in 1759 andtook several years to complete. The ship measures just over 277 feet long, is approximately 50 feet wide andcould accommodate 830 men, most of whom lived in
uncomfortable and cramped conditions.
Itwas great to experience the Ship first
hand.Patrick Forge (before bumping his head on a low beam ) commented, “It’s ‘chock-a-block’ in
here with no room to even ‘Swing a Cat!'”
After HMS Victoryeveryone enjoyed a whistle stop tour of HMS Warrior which was equally
impressive, followed by a visit to the ‘Action Stations’ attraction which was packed full of exciting
interactive exhibitsincluding the Ninja Warrior challenge, a helicopter simulator and arevolving
TheBritish Navy Museum gift shop proved as popular as ever and wasa great
way to endboth a fun and informative day.