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Visit to HMS Victory

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

Hi – This is my account of my visit to HMS Victory.

We travelled down to HMS Victory in Portsmouth in our school bus on the 9th February 2010.

HMS Victory

HMS Victory

When I got there I went to the museum and we were told a lot about what it was like to be a sailor on Nelson’s flagship, the most famous ship in Portsmouth, from 1778.

When we went onto the ship, we had to duck down through a very small, square door which was between two rows of the 100 cannons on the middle deck.  The decks are made of wood and many are the original planks that the sailors used to walk on.

The ship has three decks which we went round.  The second deck is full of cannons and we were shown how they would have worked in the past.

We looked at equipment from the time, like compasses and how to use them and we were shown examples of the type of food that they used to eat.  We also dressed up in old fashioned sailor’s clothes.

We were told if the sailor ‘misbehaved’ then the would have been ‘whipped’ with the cat-of-nine tails and then they would have been taken down to the ‘hospital’ deck where they would have had salt or vinegar rubbed onto the wounds (that must’ve really stung!)

We also saw HMS Warrior, a later ship (from 1865) which is also in Portsmouth which is the last of the remaining Iron-Clad ships made at the time.