|VISIT TO PORTSMOUTH HISTORIC DOCKYARD
Saturday 26 July 2014
|A mix of Great Western, South Western and Central Southern Sections produced twenty-seven Rolls-Royce and Bentley motor cars at The Historic Dockyard in Portsmouth, on what was one of the hottest days of the year.
With patience, in small groups, we were escorted through the Naval Base to park within the Courtyard next to HMS Victory. Due to the early start the Museum staff waived the timed group tickets and we were free to take in the attractions at our own leisure. HMS Illustrious was alongside, having sadly ended her active service the week before, providing a magnificent backdrop to our location. HMS Victory to the right, HMS Illustrious to the left, and a short walk to HMS Warrior to the front, we were well and truly surrounded by naval history.
Members visited the attractions available and talked with the public who were, in general, very pleased to see our magnificent motor cars glistening in the summer sunshine.
After a picnic or restaurant lunch, more exhibits were viewed. With so much to see I'm sure we missed something or another as the day flew by. With regulations in force we were again escorted through the Naval Base in small numbers to exit at the Trafalgar Gate for our journey home.
Many thanks to Valerie Smallwood (BW for Great Western Section) for dealing with the Base security, which was not an easy task! Thanks to our neighbouring section members for attending, boosting numbers to make it a viable and enjoyable visit.
Darren Collins - Section Spares Technical Officer
|Members' motor cars on display in the courtyard adjacent to HMS Victory, the world's oldest commissioned warship, launched in 1765.|
|Derek Johnson's 1926 Rolls-Royce 20hp on display to the public.||The Spinnaker Tower and HMS Warrior 1860.|
|Mary Rose Museum - Henry VIII's flagship, built in 1510, sank in 1545. A huge collection of personal artefacts of those who served onboard.|
|Photos: Ian Burt|