I would hesitate to say that I’m known for anything, but if I was, I think it would be for Age of Sail historical romance, with stalwart Naval heroes fighting pirates and scurvy and their desire for each other on the high seas. So I can’t let Portsmouth go by without taking a visit to HMS Victory, the navy’s (I believe the world’s) oldest commissioned battleship.
It occurred to me that for today’s step in the torch relay, I would take you on a tour of this historic ship. Just bear in mind that this is the top of the range for everything in the 18th Century ship line. The frigates my officers serve on would be smaller, more cramped, and probably infested with ship-worm, with gaps between the planking and half of the iron nails pulled out to use for barter.
So, here we have the pictures my husband took while we were going round HMS Victory in the summer. Naturally, as a romance writer, I thought I would start in the bedroom. Here is the top-class, absolute creme-de-la-creme of luxury for a naval officer – Admiral Lord Nelson’s sleeping cabin. :
His bed is a canvas hammock with a board at the bottom, covered by a thin mattress. The curtains were embroidered by Emma Hamilton 🙂 And he has a reasonably large space in which to move because he’s sharing it with two cannons.
We took too many pictures to make a picspam at all reasonable, so DH has put them on his Flickr account, and you can see them all here:
But as it’s unseasonably cold here again, and the Victory is entirely without central heating, I suggest you warm yourself on the galley before you go 😉
Alex Beecroft was born in Northern Ireland during the Troubles and grew up in the wild countryside of the English Peak District. She studied English and Philosophy before accepting employment with the Crown Court where she worked for a number of years.Now a stay-at-home mum and full time author, Alex lives with her husband and two daughters in a little village near Cambridge and tries to avoid being mistaken for a tourist.
Alex is only intermittently present in the real world.She has lead a Saxon shield wall into battle, toiled as a Georgian kitchen maid, and recently taken up an 800 year old form of English folk dance, but she still hasn’t learned to operate a mobile phone.