I am presently visiting a priest friend at Sacred Heart in Fareham, near Portsmouth. Yesterday went to the historical harbor, where we were able to visit Lord Nelson’s famous flagship HMS Victory. I am a great fan of books about the Royal Navy of that era (e.g., Patrick O’Brian’s great series), so this was a real treat.
Here is a view of one of the gun decks.
Also, we saw the Mary Rose, a warship of the era of Henry VIII which sank 30 years after being built and raised back up in the 1980′s. Amazing. It is being treated with wax to penetrate its wood so that it can be dried and put in a new museum. Amazing things were recovered with the ship.
Today I am heading off to see Salisbury, Winchester, and perhaps Portchester, the ancient Roman castra. It would be wonderful to see the D-Day Museum while I am here, but I am not sure I will be able to fit it in.