Great ships of Portsmouth Harbour | Nostalgia

In the days of sail, riggers had the best view of our great harbour’s heritage

Wednesday, 4th August 2021, 7:15 pm
April 20, 1934:  Riggers at work on Nelson's flagship, HMS Victory in Portsmouth dockyard. She was re-rigged every five years and would be ready in time for Navy Week when thousands of visitors would look around her. Picture: Getty.
April 20, 1934: Riggers at work on Nelson's flagship, HMS Victory in Portsmouth dockyard. She was re-rigged every five years and would be ready in time for Navy Week when thousands of visitors would look around her. Picture: Getty.

Today we take a look at some of the marvellous, and odd, vessels which have graced Portsmouth Harbour down the decades and indeed, the centuries.

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HMS Warrior's mid-19th century masts dominated the 20th century harbour scene as she arrived in Portsmouth in June 1987. Picture: The News PP5412
A transition scene in Portsmouth Harbour with the ship-rigged cruiser HMS Calliope built at Portsmouth and launched in 1884.
HMS Hercules after de-masting when she had possibly become part of HMS Fisgard. Picture: Robert James collection.
The Polish ship Pogoria in 1982's Tall Ships Race. Picture: The News PP1702.