Given that the Royal Navy proved to be something more than a thorn in his side, it is ironic that the thoughts of Napoleon Bonaparte encapsulate well the worth of a new initiative at HMS Nelson.
‘A picture is worth a thousand words’ was just one of the many truisms uttered by the iconic leader, who was Emperor of France when Nelson gave the French navy a lesson at Trafalgar.
More than 200 years on, we like to think that Napoleon would have enjoyed seeing the efforts of Portsmouth schoolchildren who are creating works of art on the walls of the gym and games rooms at the shore base.
Each drawing speaks volumes for the history and heritage of our great city – a challenge to which youngsters taking part in the Passport to Success scheme have risen with enthusiasm.
Dozens have been involved in the wall art project at Nelson in order to earn a stamp on the passport each participant holds.
They are benefiting from the scheme launched earlier this year by the Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, Cllr Cheryl Buggy, to help show young people how to succeed in life.
It is a programme of huge merit which rewards youngsters who are determined to play useful and dynamic roles in society.
Those involved in the Nelson initiative have benefited from the advice of a professional street artist who helped them to paint murals that will to motivate and inspire the sailors who use the rooms.
Next week’s stop is Fratton Park for a similar project based on the proud history of the city’s football club.
No doubt the art they create there will also speak thousands of words to those many supporters who will admire it every time Pompey play at home.
And the Passport to Success scheme itself speaks thousands of words for the calibre of young people we have in this city.
As we have said many times before, the vast majority of them are intent on living good lives, and projects such as this reward that commitment to seeking success.
‘Boney’ would surely agree!
onic moments in Portsmouth history. Although the HMS Nelson one will be quite focused on the ethos of the navy.
There are around 200 year eight pupils from all 14 secondary schools in the city who are taking part in the scheme.