RN Museum - upstairs

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  1. Seaweed

    Seaweed War Hero Book Reviewer

    This being National Heritage weekend when usually hidden things are open to the public, I signed up for a guided tour entitled "Behind the Scenes at the National Museum of the Royal Navy". There were about eight runs of this over the weekend. The curator took us upstairs to the second floor and attic of the Museum. The tour took about an hour.

    Up there, it's like Aladdin's Cave but for sailors. Rack upon rack of ship models (often amazingly detailed) spanning three centuries, gangway lifebuoys, ship's bridge badges (the big ones), battle honours boards, uniforms, flags and ensigns, Ark Royal's Officers in and out board, the odd binnacle, gangway foot plates and all manner of other RN mundungus awaiting its turn to be exhibited. We were also shown some albums and other papers including the punishment book for HMS Leviathan 1804 and an album of water colours of the commission of HMS Pearl which was diverted to the Indian Mutiny. One plate showed elephants pulling the ship's guns with Jack riding on the limbers (coxing an elephant is a specialist skill so locals were recruited for that).

    An hour very well spent and strongly recommended to any RR near Portsmouth next September. Oh and tours are free. Antique shop worth a half-hour browse in one of the old buildings.

    Last year I took the tour round the bottom of Victory's dry dock which was fascinating. Now her yards and topgallant masts have been struck and she will go on looking a bit forlorn for some time while she is re-rigged. I walked the length of the main yard which is laid apart adjacent - it is quite an effort from that to imagining laying out on it to hand and reef. Sadly the Jack was not properly close up, about four inches of holiday between the headstick and the truck of the jackstaff - oh well, it's only 2SL's flagship.

    Illustrious and Dragon on the wall, the former with a huge ark thing covering the entire after end of the flight deck, I imagine she's not going anywhere soon.
  2. witsend

    witsend War Hero Book Reviewer

    I remember our class being taken by one of the instructors to a little hidden gem in Sultan. In the old hanger upstairs (The name always escapes me) next to Centurion is a treasure trove. I wouldn't call it a museum as such, but well worth a visit if you have access.
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  4. witsend

    witsend War Hero Book Reviewer

    And as if by magic, good find sol.
  5. After a week on T S Royalist as a Sea Cadet in '73, day running from Dolphin, we were taken aboard Victory on the way to the train station. We had to be restrained from getting up in the rigging.
  6. Found my brother on one of the pictures in the Sultan Museum from 1982,it was 1997 when we went round.
  7. Remember having an organised visit to Royal Clarence Yard Gosport, whilst I was awaiting drafts having finished Part 2 Training.
    The return clothing section was awash with clothing circa 1940's and other such delights. Devonport has an interesting museum in South Yard and is open for visitors by appointment. Well worth a visit.DEVONPORT DOCKYARD OVERALL
    Last edited: Sep 12, 2011
  8. janner

    janner War Hero Book Reviewer

    The working gallows certainly leaves an impression!
  9. Medical Musuem at RNH Haslar used to be worth a visit. Lots of things floating in jars etc and one memorable set of photogaphs of tattoos collected by the Dermatologist (Surg Capt Scutt). Rumour has it he was short of a pic of a full hunt scene and got wind of a AB Stoker in Hong Kong who had one ... flew out just to take pictures of it. Often wonder what happened to it all once they gave the building to the NHS.

  10. http://www.navy-net.co.uk/history/59494-rnh-haslar-medical-museum.html

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