Ship-shape youngsters board Warrior

Eliza Hubberstey, eight, scrubs the decks on board HMS Warrior

Eliza Hubberstey, eight, scrubs the decks on board HMS Warrior

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YOUNGSTERS spent two days learning about life on the open wave – and in Victorian England – with workshops on board one of the nation’s best-known warships.

The children, aged nine to 12, wore Victorian garb and took part in activities including swabbing the decks of HMS Warrior, at Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard.

The workshops, called Tales from the High Seas, led by the ship’s learning development officer, Ursula Pearce, saw the home-schooled youngsters spend five hours on board, taking part in gun drills, trying out hammocks and handling sailors’ possessions.

They were set up to give the youngsters inspiration for creative writing.

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