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Britain
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After living in London for 40 years, there's not much that I want to revisit, having now
settled in rural Suffolk. However, preserved ships are a particular favourite, having survived
my early years in the shipping magnet of the Gosport-Portsmouth-Southampton triangle.
We led the world in naval and merchant shipping development over the last 3-400 years, but
we've preserved very little of it, the Victory, Mary Rose and Belfast being famous examples
among so few. Perhaps it's because ships take up huge chunks of real estate, and have
greater value as scrap than the perceived value to the nation's heritage (our many brilliant
museums are stuffed with smaller items). Most of what we do have has only been
preserved - or discovered - by a stroke of luck, like the Mary Rose. As a child, I remember
the old Napoleonic 'Wooden Wall' Foudroyant lying in Portsmouth Harbour for many years,
rumoured to be a prison hulk. Then one day, it wasn't there any more. The last, beautiful
late-WW2 battleship HMS Vanguard, gleaming at the head of the Reserve Fleet, should have
been preserved for the nation but was scrapped in 1960. An island nation that has
preserved almost none of its vital naval heritage. The Cutty Sark survives only because of a
generous donation to the country (but only just, after several fires). It's such a shame that
it's not afloat, to be seen in the full glory of its lines, as are preserved sailing ships from so
many other nations...
After living in London for 40 years, there's not much that I want to revisit, having now settled in rural
Suffolk. However, preserved ships are a particular favourite, having survived my early years in the
shipping magnet of the Gosport-Portsmouth-Southampton triangle. We led the world in naval and
merchant shipping development over the last 3-400 years, but we've preserved very little of it, the
Victory, Mary Rose and Belfast being famous examples among so few. Perhaps it's because ships
take up huge chunks of real estate, and have greater value as scrap than the perceived value to
the nation's heritage (our many brilliant museums are stuffed with smaller items). Most of what we
do have has only been preserved - or discovered - by a stroke of luck, like the Mary Rose. As a
child, I remember the old Napoleonic 'Wooden Wall' Foudroyant lying in Portsmouth Harbour for
many years, rumoured to be a prison hulk. Then one day, it wasn't there any more. The last,
beautiful late-WW2 battleship HMS Vanguard, gleaming at the head of the Reserve Fleet, should
have been preserved for the nation but was scrapped in 1960. An island nation that has preserved
almost none of its vital naval heritage. The Cutty Sark survives only because of a generous
donation to the country (but only just, after several fires). It's such a shame that it's not afloat, to
be seen in the full glory of its lines, as are preserved sailing ships from so many other nations...

Cutty Sark

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Britain

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