Clash of Steel
for Military History & Aviation enthusiasts

Search :

Images relating to the days of sail


Click on the entry for a larger image and details, or click to go back to the previous index

HMS Victory, laid down on 23rd July 1759, is the oldest Commissioned warship in the world and remains the flagship of the 2nd Sea Lord although it no longer floats. It began service with the Royal Navy in 1765 and was the flagship of many famous Admi...
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, August 2002

A close-up of one of the Victory's 68-pounder carronade guns (reproduction) mounted on the forecastle. The shot garland with 2 68 pound round shot can be seen to the right.
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, August 2002

A view of the middle gundeck of the Victory, showing the cramped conditions in which the crew would have had to fight the huge 24-pounder cannon currently run out.
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, August 2002

Victory's port side showing the broadside, and the steep curves of her tumblehome.
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, August 2002

A good view of her stern gallery, showing the beautifully ornate woodwork with which she was decorated, but also giving some idea of her size
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, August 2002

Detail of the Victory's prow showing the crest figurehead.
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, August 2002

A section of the Quarterdeck showing, in the foreground (and in the detail picture), a brass plaque marking the point where admiral Nelson fell during the Battle of Trafalgar to musket fire from the Redoutable. He died later, on the orlop deck with t...
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, August 2002

HMS Warrior, the largest, fastest, most powerful warship afloat when she was built in 1860.
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, August 2002

HMS Warrior, the largest, fastest, most powerful warship afloat when she was built in 1860.
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, August 2002

The Grand Turk - a reproduction of a late 18th century sloop-of-war used in the 'Hornblower' Television series.
Whitby harbour, Autumn 2001.

The Trincomalee - a 40 gun frigate of 1817 build in Bombay for the Royal Navy - during restoration
Hartlepool Historic Quay, Autumn 2001

Taken during renovation and fitting as a modern attraction (hence the fire extinguisher - not an original feature!) this picture shows the height and cramped nature of the gundeck. Also the 24 pounder gums with which it was armed can be seen, run out...
Hartlepool Historic Quay, Autumn 2001

A view down the port side of the Trincomalee from the stern. The guns, run-out can be seen, along with the hammock-netting, standing rigging, running rigging and yards for the courses only (topsail yards etc. not yet swayed up) and the fighting tops.
Hartlepool Historic Quay, Autumn 2001

The stern gallery of this heavy frigate showing the beautiful lines and carved woodwork of a frigate of this period.
Hartlepool Historic Quay, Autumn 2001