I am not going to explain her history, there are others more qualified than I am, but I do want to add the proviso in that my visit to her in Greenwich is taken after her restoration following the disastrous fire that engulfed her on 21 May 2007. I do not know how she looked before that event. The restoration work has drawn a lot of criticism, and I have to admit I am not too keen on one aspect of it myself; but more about that later. It is also worthwhile looking at the Royal Museum Greenwich website for more about the ship and her surroundings
The vessel is berthed close the the famous Greenwhich Maritime Museum, and I arrived there fresh from Lewisham, which is probably the wrong way to arrive at this auspicious place. Theoretically I should have arrived here by steam pinnace, but no such luck I am afraid. It is easy to find the ship, just look for the masts.
Having looked through the interior I headed outside to catch the lift that would take me down to the inside of the “goldfish bowl” that encircles the vessel. The ship is suspended inside this bowl, it is kind of hard to explain, rather look at the images.
Then it was time for me to leave and I bid this old lady from another age farewell, and I hoped that one day I would return to see her again.
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