A harbour view that would have been familiar to Horatio Nelson

Apart from Victoria Pier and the steam ferry this is a scene that would have been familiar to Nelson.
Apart from Victoria Pier and the steam ferry this is a scene that would have been familiar to Nelson.

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In another postcard from the Robert James collection, here’s a scene that would have been familiar to Horatio Nelson. Victoria Pier and the steam ferry at Old Portsmouth are the modern additions of course.

The ship in the distance is, I believe, HMS St Vincent. There were at this time three wooden-walled ships of the line in the harbour, St Vincent, Wellington and, of course, Victory.

Its the early years of the last century and we are looking into South Camber, Old Portsmouth, when all the vessels were driven by sail. 				                        Picture: Barry Cox Collection

Its the early years of the last century and we are looking into South Camber, Old Portsmouth, when all the vessels were driven by sail. Picture: Barry Cox Collection

As there are sails attached to the yards, I assume that as St Vincent was a boys’ training ship this is her.

• It must have been a wonderful sight to see fishing boats leaving South Camber, Old Portsmouth, when sail was the main form of propulsion. The near vessel on the right looks like it is a rigged Thames barge. To the rear a sailor can be seen climbing a mast.

• The shot of the southern slopes of Portsdown Hill shows a tram car of the Portsdown & Horndean Light Railway descending Portsdown Hill. Just behind the camera it would cross Southwick Hill Road by an ornate lattice bridge. On the right is London Road, later the A3, now superseded by the A3(M) farther to the east.

• A view that is greatly unchanged today is South Parade. This is the western end looking towards South Parade Pier.

A 1920s view of a Portsdown & Horndean Light Railway car descending Portsdown Hill. 							                    Picture: Robert James Collection

A 1920s view of a Portsdown & Horndean Light Railway car descending Portsdown Hill. Picture: Robert James Collection

Where cars now rush there is, on the left, what was called a bathchair – an early form of wheelchair for the infirm and elderly.

This was a part of the city that managed to escape the worst of the blitz in the Second World War, the reason we can still enjoy these Victorian buildings.

Another largely unchanged view along South Parade from the western end. South Parade Pier can be just seen in the distance. 
Picture: Monty Theobald collection

Another largely unchanged view along South Parade from the western end. South Parade Pier can be just seen in the distance. Picture: Monty Theobald collection