I returned to Portsmouth on the 28th of April with the intention of doing Victory and Warrior, although the time I had available was not really ideal as I wanted to squeeze in a harbour tour too. I did Warrior first and must still do a report on her. Victory was next on my list. Unfortunately the weather was kind of gray that day, so many of the exterior shots I have of her come from 18 April.
The ship would have had a sick bay which would probably become a hellish place in the middle of a battle, and as we know HMS Victory did go into battle at Trafalgar.
And it was on this ship that Lord Nelson was killed, the spot where he was wounded is shown by means of a brass plaque affixed to the deck.
The upper decks of the ship are equally crowded as below, this is the area above the officers accommodation, the companionway on the left leading upwards to the Poop Deck.
The small cabin on the left was used by Nelsons Secretary. A row of leather and copper firebuckets hang from a bracket. Fire was an ever present danger on a ship like this.
The carpenter being an especially important person on board a wooden ship. He would be an extremely experienced crewman, and the constant work required to keep the ship afloat would have kept him very busy.