Monday, 18 July 2016


There were many highlights to our brief visit to Portsmouth but the most literal highlight had to be the views from the Spinnaker Tower. In this direction, we were looking down on the Vulcan Building and Grand Storehouse mentioned on Saturday.In the distance, The Anglican Cathedral and beyond that, the funfair at Southsea.
Moving across, we see Haslar Marina on the other side of the channel from Portsmouth and the Fort Blockhouse which once protected the entrance to Portsmouth Harbour. A Wightlink ferry steams by on its way to the Isle of Wight.
Zooming in on Haslar Marina, we could see the looming presence of HMS Alliance, a decommissioned submarine now acting as a museum ship at the Royal Navy Submarine Museum at Gosport. Commissioned in 1947, it left service in 1973 becoming a training vessel until 1979.
Back down to earth and on the waterfront near the tower a figurehead from HMS Marlborough which was launched in 1855 and sank in 1928.
More tomorrow, from our journey home...
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