Portsmouth - July 2000

Sam, John and I decided we wanted to go to Portsmouth to see Nelson's HMS Victory. On the way down we met two Vice Admirals who are retired and now work for the Queen as attendants during state visits, dinners, etc. One of them, Admiral Priestcook, gave us a recommendation of where to eat. We went there and the staff were a bit stuffy until we told them that Admiral Priestcook recommended them to us. All changed after that and we had a wonderful time. The head waiter even took the time to show us all the regimental ties that Admiral Priestcook wore during his tenure in the Admiralty. It seems that the admirals all donate their ties to this place and they hang them up.
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Looking for our train track.
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This is Green Park Station after the arrival of the train.
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We started our trip to Portsmouth by getting on the Tube to get to Waterloo Station for our train ride. This is the Green Park Station just before the train…
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John, thankfully, was always up for doing stuff like this.
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This is a photo of the Mary Rose. We visited it after seeing the Victory. It was to be Henry the VIII's ship but sank on its first voyage. They are in the…
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The HMS Victory. This was Nelson's flagship during the Battle of Trafalgar and where he received his mortal wound.
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The restaurant cators to high ranking naval personnel so the walls are adorned with pictures and other items that are associated with the navy. Here you can…
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This is the restaurant that Admiral Priestcook recommended. If you look closely, you can the ties that the admirals have donated to the establishment. These…
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Some more of the ties.
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Sam had to have his daily allotment of fish and chips. They were very, very good in this place; much better than in London.
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This is a view of one of the cannon decks on the Victory. You have to duck to be able to walk here.
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Sam and John resting in the ante-room of the restaurant.
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View of the stearn and some gun ports.
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Found the train and off we go.
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The Victory. Masthead view.
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Victory side view.
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The stern of the Victory.
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Look at all the rigging.
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Waterloo and our station to get on a Portsmouth bound train.