On Sunday 6th September 53 members and guests “set sail” for Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. The group arrived at the Dockyard at 10am and then went their separate ways to explore the many exhibits on a day of glorious sunshine until it was time to return to the coach at 4.30pm.
The entrance fee included access to the Mary Rose Museum where it was possible to view the remains of the ship’s hull, which sank in 1545, and thousands of artefacts recovered from the wreck when it was brought to the surface in 1982. The other main attractions inside the Dockyard included HMS Victory, HMS Warrior, HMS M.33, a harbour cruise plus other museums and exhibitions.
Nearby was the Gunwharf Quays, a large retail complex; and the Spinnaker Tower with viewing platforms at over 100m and a view of the area stretching some 23 miles. Short ferry trips away were other RN museums covering submarines and explosives! Everyone agreed there was just too much to pack into one day but there was something for everyone to enjoy.
Thanks go to Ellisons Coaches and our driver Mark for a speedy and safe trip.