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HMS Victory is the oldest commissioned warship in the world and the sixth ship to bear the name. HMS Victory is the flagship of the Commander in Chief Naval Home Command. However HMS Victory is well known for being the flagship of Horatio Nelson in the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805.
HMS Victory was designed by Thomas Slade and commissioned in 1778, remaining in active service until 1812. HMS Victory was built at Chatham Dockyard in Kent and now lives in No 2 Dry Dock, appeared as at the Battle of Trafalgar 21st October 1805.
When you take the tour around HMS Victory you will be given an introduction leaflet that spot the tour highlights. Also there are knowledgeable guides around HMS Victory to answer your questions.
My first impression of HMS Victory was like to meet a mysterious lady. I was surprised to see the main colours of HMS Victory: dull black and yellow ochre. I think it is very stylish even at today.
Moving my steps I had a quick look at the Grand Magazine, that was the ship’s main magazine and occupied the fore part of HMS Victory. This was originally entered through a single hatchway via a complex of lead lined passages from the deck above; The hold, the largest single storage compartment on board, could contain enough provisions for six months when fully stored; At the front and rear of the Shot Lockers I saw 80 tons of shot was stored to supply the guns.
Without noticing I came across the Orlop Deck, that is below the water line and safe from enemy gunfire. It was here the surgeon would tend the wounded during action. When Nelson was wounded he was taken down to the Orlop Deck. Although I know I would see the place where he died before my visiting, I still felt sad while I saw Nelson Memorial and the painting The Death of Nelson by Arthur Devis in 1806.
I would recommend anybody to visit Portsmouth Historic Dockyard as it is a very interesting place to see British naval history. There are many things to do at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and Portsmouth.