Day 5 – HMS Victory and Arundel Castle – Charterhouse
Today the students went to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard to tour the HMS Victory, took a harbour tour, and then explored the grounds of Arundel Castle.
We began the day by taking a scenic coach ride down the coast to Portsmouth. The weather was gorgeous, and the vistas of the English countryside were beautiful. Portsmouth is home of two-thirds of all of the British Navy, so when we reached the dockyards, ships were everywhere! When the students disembarked, we entered the gates and headed for the HMS Victory, arguably the most famous warship in British history. Admiral Nelson, aboard the Victory, defeated the French and Spanish Armada at the Battle of Trafalgar, essentially ending any hopes of Napoleon invading England. The ship was so impressive! And, it is still the flagship of the British Navy even though it sits in dry dock. We found out that 821 men operated the ship and that they had enough food and supplies to stay at sea for a year! Also, we visited the Orlop Deck, which is the place where the sailors went when they were injured. We found out that the doctors would cut off their limbs with saws and no anesthetic at times, and then sear the wound with a hot iron! Gross! The kids really enjoyed the tour, and it was a wonderful morning.