HMS Nelson off Southsea seafront

The junction of Festing and Albert roads, Southsea, in a picture taken during or before 1963 because of the trolleybus wires, but where is the Odeon cinema?

Southsea cinema cannibalised

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Seen passing along Southsea seafront close by the Victory’s anchor in the 1930s is battleship HMS Nelson, armed with fearsome 16-inch guns.

This unchanging scene must have been passed by every ship in the navy at some time or another.

This is one of only two ships of this class and had all guns forward in three turrets with three guns in each turret.

This was a unique design for the time. I know the modern destroyers have weapons that could take out ships like the Nelson, but what would worry you more if you were an enemy - a modern, frail-looking destroyer or one of these massive battlewagons heading towards you?

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