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Portsmouth harbour: In the foreground is HMS Warrior,pride of Queen Victoria. Launched on December 29th 1860, where upon, she froze to the slipway due to the worst winter for 50 years.

Although a war ship, her crew of 705 never fired the guns in anger. Warrior was obsolete within a decade she was relegated to the reserve fleet ranks and, in 1883, withdrawn from sea service. She was now little more than a floating hulk, although still officially classed as an armoured cruiser.

Her name became Vernon III in 1904 where she joined Portsmouth HMS Vernon, the Navy's torpedo training school. She was unwanted when she was put up for sale in 1924. However, she became a floating jetty in Pembroke (Wales) and saw some 5000 ships refuelled alongside her. She was restored to her former glory by the National Trust in 1979 and now this 9210 tonne ship stands proudly in Portsmouth Harbour open to the public.

In the background centre, is HMS Victory the most famous war ship of the British Navy. Launched in 1765 and upon which Admiral Nelson lost his life, muttering those immortal words 'Kiss me, Hardy'.

To the left of the picture, stands another British war ship HMS Illustrious which entered service on 20 JUNE 1982 .This aircraft carriers predecessor saw action in Europe in World War II. (This last piece of information was given to me by fellow TE member Andrzej Hlarj)

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