Friday, 13 May 2011

PORTSMOUTH

The city of Portsmouth occupies a rectangular island called Portsea Island, although it is easily accessible from the mainland via the road network. The city includes the seaside resort of Southsea, and it is a major hub for sea transport, with ferries linking the mainland not only with the Isle of Wight but also the coast of France. For people returning to the city by ferry, the most prominent sight that greets them is the Spinnaker Tower, an elegant 170-metre high tower in the style of a sail with magnificent views.

The western part of the island houses a naval base, and the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard including the National Museum of the Royal Navy, and three historic ships going back in time: HMS Warrior, dating from 1860, HMS Victory, launched in 1765, and Henry VIII's warship Mary Rose, which was raised from the seabed in 1982 watched by an anxious Prince Charles, who had closely followed the operation to bring the ship up from the seabed. There was a heartstopping moment when a steel frame supporting the vessel collapsed, but all was well in the end, and the ship is now on proud display to the public. Another maritime attraction which is bound to prove fascinating is the Explosion Museum of Naval Firepower.

For a list of events in Portsmouth, see here.

Webcam.

Map of the area.

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/7/70/Portsmouth_Harbour_from_Gosport_Haslar_Marina_3.JPG
Photo by Editor5807, via Wikimedia Commons

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