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HMS Victory May 2011

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Colin Bishop13/05/2011 18:09:54
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I visited Portsmouth today and found that HMS Victory has had part of the outer planking to her port bow removed for repairs. Quite an interesting sight. The figurehead has also been removed for a while.
ashley needham14/05/2011 11:08:00
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Colin, the amount of work beggars belief. It is truly amazing that the skill existed to make something that big out of that much wood
Ashley PS I wonder how much Ronsons wood seal and filler they get through???
Bob Abell15/05/2011 17:35:50
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Is there any battle damage to be seen?
I once saw a book in the local library, many years ago and it showed the battle damage to the Victory
It was very interesting and the drawings were done by J M W Turner
No cameras in those days!
Colin Bishop15/05/2011 18:12:07
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It's probably all been repbuilt since then Bob, I think very little or the original now remains, notably the deck planking in the Orlop where Nelson died..
Still, you could probably say the same for most of us by now...
Lance White09/06/2011 16:09:42
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Just seen this (don't get in here very much...).
You wouldn't see any battle damage, because the bow on it now isn't what was on it at Trafalgar (although it looks like it).
She was rebuilt in 1814, with the latest style round bow, which she kept until being rebuilt again in 1922 when she was put into dry dock. and it was decided to rebuild her her to her Trafalgar condition (she was apparently extremely rotten at this point - getting clobbered by HMS Neptune being towed to the breakers and making a break for freedom in 1908 couldn't have helped...)
If you look on here :
you can see what she looked like for most of her life.CheersLance

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