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By pamelajean
This is the ornate entrance to HMS Victory at Portsmouth historic dockyard, showing the gangway, copper lamp, and a canon.
The doorway is just over four feet high, not an easy access for some.

Now, here’s a coincidence. Yesterday I decide to upload a picture of the Victory and yesterday the first coat of new paint was drying on her hull.

There is extensive restoration work going on at the moment. In particular, she is to be repainted a delicate lemon colour.
Workers from the National Museum of the Royal Navy said the new shade would be more authentic than the current orange hue - after scraping off 72 layers of paint to find the original colour.

Andrew Baines, head of historic ships at the Royal Navy museum, says, “Visually there are also going to be some very big changes. She is going to look very different. The colour is much paler than what we have at the moment. A lot of very thorough work has gone into this. You don't just change the colour of HMS Victory without being absolutely certain; which we are. This is how she would have looked in Nelson's day.”


Tags: Marine Transport Vessel Lamp Stairway Entrance Doorway Nelson Warship Naval Nautical Georgian

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PhilT2 Plus
12 589 34 England
16 Sep 2015 1:44PM
Only ever went once and the queue was so long that we did not your fine picture has reminded me that I have yet to go there...............Can't let old Nelson down now can I?
16 Sep 2015 2:04PM
I've never seen HMS Victory 'up close' - I bet she'll look an absolute treat in her new(old!) colours.
A beautifully sharp and well composed image, Pamela.

Daisymaye Plus
13 23 23 Canada
16 Sep 2015 2:27PM
Looking very ornate and in super condition. Great shot.
franken Plus
19 5.4k 4 United Kingdom
16 Sep 2015 2:45PM
Interesting image and write up, Pamela.

16 Sep 2015 3:32PM
Wonderful clarity, light and composition, not forgetting the narration, top work Pamela.
Mollycat Plus
8 21 2 United Kingdom
16 Sep 2015 4:55PM
The renovations are looking fantastic, and lot more to do. Lovely capture of these details Pamela.
Peter GrinGrinGrin
brian17302 Plus
10 2 13 United Kingdom
16 Sep 2015 4:59PM
Been on this ship many times & will have to see the new paler colour when completed
Great narrative & fine image of the entrance, Pamela
Philip_H 10 1.5k United Kingdom
16 Sep 2015 5:47PM
Wonderful colours and composition.

Great image.

helenlinda Plus
14 374 22 United Kingdom
16 Sep 2015 7:36PM
Lovely detail on this splendid ship - many thanks for your UA - much appreciated Pamela SmileSmile
rayme330 10 17 1 United Kingdom
16 Sep 2015 8:25PM
Excellent shot and interesting narrative, Pamela.

taggart Plus
17 47 14 United States
16 Sep 2015 8:54PM
A beautiful image Pamela-- the new colors will be lovely!
Chinga Plus
11 61 3 United Kingdom
17 Sep 2015 1:17AM
Looking good!
She is a beauty, well photographed! Grin
CaroleS Plus
12 442 3 United Kingdom
17 Sep 2015 8:58AM
Is that wiring to that lovely old lamp - just love that worn and weathered look!!!
TrevBatWCC Plus
13 13 19 England
17 Sep 2015 3:12PM
It's quite a few years since I visited and walked round on here, and it was very interesting, would love to return and re-photograph it digitally. Love this close-up, Pamela - hope you're going to go back and shoot it in it's new colours! Wink
Trev Smile
bricurtis Plus
16 2.6k 52 England
17 Sep 2015 9:02PM
A new coat on that lamp would certainly not go amiss.Smile
Rende 15 38 4 Netherlands
21 Sep 2015 7:49PM
Beautiful colour, composition and detail Pamela.
DonMc 13 4 United Kingdom
21 Sep 2015 10:51PM
A wonderful rendering Pamela!SmileSmileSmile
xwang 13 56 8
29 Sep 2015 10:07AM
Beautifully captured image, I like the colour... . When one thinks about history.. all the layers of paint are history.. Hope that they will keep all the layers of paint. Is it in a kind of way to say that the history is lost if all the layers of paints were stripped off? Just a thought,no idea how people preserve the old stuff..

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