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Posted on Feb 6, 2005 in Stuff We Like

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

A J Summersgill

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With the Historic (read "tourist") area of the Dockyard having been established in old working areas, the majority of attractions are housed in existing buildings. Thus you will find several museums and shops scattered around in old brick buildings, and displays mounted in old colonnades.

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A great deal of merchandise is available for the Naval enthusiast, everything from model construction kits to baseball caps and replica swords as below.

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Each of the three main ship exhibits also has its own dedicated shop, such as the Mary Rose, where you can buy small models of the ship.

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There are also a great deal of exhibits from various warships down the ages such as this plaque detailing the exploits of HMS Victorious.

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Here’s a Royal Navy Monitor in her dry-dock.

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You will also see numerous scale models of ships on display. The amount of detail on these models is truly staggering and has to be seen to be believed. This model depicts a "Leander" Class Frigate undergoing replenishment at sea.

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This fine model depicts HMS Manchester. Later on in this article, we will see the actual ship.

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This display contains statistics comparing HMS Hood with the German pocket Battleship Bismarck.

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