Victorian Festival of Christmas

Christmas celebrations at the Historic Dockyard, Portsmouth.

The Dockyards are home to four historic ships:
The Mary Rose
HMS Victory
HMS Warrior
HMS M33 Monitor

During our visit in 2012 the Mary Rose exhibit was closed to the public as a new exhibition hall was under construction.

The Exhibition Hall was open during our 2013 visit, but I did not visit due to the long waiting times for admission.


HMS Victory

This was the flagship of Admiral Nelson at the Battle of Trafalgar - it was on this ship that Nelson was fatally wounded.

HMS Victory is currently undergoing maitenance, and has the top masts removed - the first time this has happened since 1944, and making Victory appear much as she did after being damaged at the Battle of Trafalgar.

Today HMS Victory, as well as being a Living Museum, is a commissioned ship of The Royal Navy, and is the Flagship of The First Sea Lord.

There was insufficient time to tour HMS Victory during my 2012 visit (when the photographs above were taken), but I was able to do so during my visit to the 2013 Victorian Christmas Festival.

Some areas of the ship were undergoing extensive restoration work, which resulted in them being covered with plastic sheets.

The tops of the masts had also been removed so that work could be carried out on them.

HMS Warrior

This was the first the first British iron-hulled warship, launched in 1860.

Monitor HMS M33

HMS Monitor, M33, was built in 1915 and is one of only two remaining World War 1 Royal Navy ships.

During June 2013 we returned to Portsmouth to take part in the Armed Forces Day Event, when I assisted with the publicity for the restoration of M33.

To see more photographs of M33 visit the 2013 Gallery page.