Hms Victory At Portsmouth
Photograph - Fusion Photography
The ship is a large model made by a friend Gil Middleton. The background is taken from a 19th Century English painting. More to come. The replicate of the HMS Victory is approximately 2.5-3 feet long. The details of the model are intricate and precise. Each line is knotted precisely and perfectly. This made isolation very, very difficult and the overall time to completion of this part of the image creation was over a month. Each line in this work is seen just as it was photographed. The only change is the addition of the British Union Jack which was not as large as I wanted on the model. Gil, who constructed the model and is a life long sailor and very knowledgeable about the sea told me, after seeing the work, that given the apparent wind and waves, the ship in this 'parked' position, would be destroyed on the quay seen to the right. I have, obviously, placed it with artistic license and not according to 'reality'.
Nelson�s flagship of the British navy was the HMS Victory. Best known for her role in the Battle of Trafalgar, the Victory currently has a dual role as the Flagship of the First Sea Lord and as a living museum to the Georgian Navy.
The Historic Dockyard, at Portsmouth, opens at 10am everyday throughout the year, except when closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day. From April to October the last tickets to the attractions are sold at 4.30pm and the Dockyard gates are closed at 6.00pm. From November to March the last tickets to the attractions are sold at 4.00pm and the Dockyard gates are closed at 5.30pm. This information is taken from the HMS Victory website.
According to multiple historical sites, the HMS Victory was almost sunk when the British ironclad called Neptune broke free while being towed for scrap and smashed into in the Portsmouth harbor. And if the 100 year mark had not been coming up it might also have been scrapped, at least according to Dominic Tweddle, the director of the National Museum of the Royal Navy. Ultimately it was determined that there were rotten planks and corroded wrought iron knees and death watch beetles. The ship also escaped destruction when a German bomb fell down between the ship when it was in dry dock in 1941. Only the dock was significantly damaged. Restoration work is now underway and will take an additional 10 years and cost 40 million pounds. The rigging, masts, and planking will be removed and replaced.
May 13th, 2015
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