SU6200 : Portsmouth Harbour, The Naval Dockyards and HMS Warrior

taken 5 years ago, near to Gosport, Hampshire, Great Britain

Portsmouth Harbour, The Naval Dockyards and HMS Warrior
Portsmouth Harbour, The Naval Dockyards and HMS Warrior
Her Majesty's Naval Base, Portsmouth (HMNB Portsmouth) is one of three Royal Navy operating bases in the United Kingdom, (the others being HMNB Clyde and HMNB Devonport). Portsmouth Naval Base is located on the eastern shore of Portsmouth Harbour.

The base is the oldest in the Royal Navy and it has been an important part of the Senior Service's history and the defence of the British Isles for centuries. At its height in 1850, the Dockyard was the largest industrial site in the world (LinkExternal link Time Travel Britain)

As well as being home to two-thirds of the Royal Navy's surface ships, including the aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious, the Naval Base is also home to the "Portsmouth Historic Dockyard", which allows members of the public to visit important maritime attractions such as Mary Rose, HMS Victory and HMS Warrior.

HMS Warrior, seen in the foreground, was one of two armoured frigates built for the Royal Navy in 185961. She and her sister ship HMS Black Prince were the first armour-plated, iron-hulled warships.

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Portsmouth Harbour is a large natural harbour. Geographically it is a coastal inlet formed by the partial submergence of an unglaciated river valley that remains open to the sea. It is the drowned valley of a stream flowing from Portsdown into the Solent River. The city of Portsmouth lies to the east on Portsea Island, and Gosport to the west on the mainland. At its north end is Portchester Castle, of Roman origin and the first fortress built to protect the harbour.

The mouth of the harbour provides access to the Solent. It is best known as the home of the Royal Navy, HMNB Portsmouth. Because of its strategic location on the south coast of England, protected by the natural defence of the Isle of Wight, it has since the Middle Ages been the home to England's (and later Britain's) navy. The narrow entrance, and the forts surrounding it gave it a considerable advantage of being virtually impregnable to attack from the sea.

In modern times, the harbour has become a major commercial ferry port, with regular services to Le Havre, France, Cherbourg, France, St Malo, France, The Channel Islands and the Isle of Wight. There is a passenger ferry to Gosport. It is also a major area for leisure sailing. Recently, a large area of the former naval dockyard has been redeveloped into the Gunwharf Quays development, including the Spinnaker Tower.

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Date Taken
Sunday, 20 July, 2014   (more nearby)
Sunday, 27 July, 2014
Geographical Context
Coastal  Historic sites and artefacts  Docks, Harbours  Defence, Military 
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Panasonic Lumix TZ60 
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SU 6284 0022 [10m precision]
WGS84: 50:47.8886N 1:6.5823W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SZ 62937 99944
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North-northwest (about 337 degrees)
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