Tuesday, February 22, 2005


Tribute to Nelson - The Museum of Naval Firepower in Gosport


Navy News (extended article)
February 18, 2005

MORE than 50 Royal Navy warships will serve as the core of the fleet reviewed by the Queen this summer as Trafalgar commemorations begin in earnest.

Meanwhile, a fortnight before the review, the museum of naval firepower in Gosport will recreate the art of replenishing a first-rate ship of the line with ammunition during a gunpowder run.

A rowing crew from HMS Victory will re-enact the last stage of the gunpowder’s journey. Traditionally, gunpowder was brought from Waltham Abbey in Hertfordshire by road to Priddy’s Hard in Gosport, now home to the museum.

The powder was stored in barrels or charge bags and held in the Grand Magazine until required by ships. Then it was rolled down to the water’s edge along a walkway and loaded on to a powder hoy to be ferried to the waiting warship.

Naval establishments, sailing and rowing clubs in the Portsmouth/Gosport area are invited to enter teams to race against Victory’s rowers. Details from Bill Sainsbury on 023 9250 5603.


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