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Old Aug 27, 2012, 8:37 PM   #1
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Default A wee visit to Greenwich ..

For the Olympics .. security went a bit crazy and HMS gov decided we needed HMS Ocean parked up at Greenwich in London to provide extra cover...

Greenwich Naval School - what used to be the RN's academy/school buildings.



2. The Cutty Sark- finally restored and open to the public after the fire that nearly destroyed it a few years ago.







3. HMS Ocean . The RN's largest ship in the fleet .. I was expecting it to be huge, not like a Nimitz class carrier but big.. so up close its a bit disappointing.







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Great set of photos, Harj, especially for a Navy guy like me.

I saw the Cutty Sark on my one visit to London in the mid-'80s. She was afloat then, but your photo seems to show that she's stored in drydock now - is that true?

I was surprised that an amphibious assault ship is the largest ship in the RN, because I thought the RN had a carrier. But I checked and the carrier Illustrious and the Ocean are the same size. (Wikipedia says the nickname of the Illustrious is Lusty. Since carriers tend to have long deployments you have to wonder how she got that name. I'm just sayin' )
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Great ship. I spent time in South Boston in the service and visited Old Ironsides a few times. I love those old clipper ships. It is surprising how little head room there is below decks. You needed to be short to move around without getting a headache : )
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Great shots Harj. Especially for a sailor, Cutty Sark still looks like it could move along. Slim and fast.

Yeh Ted, it was on the dry even before the fire, doubt it would float now. It was interesting to see the galvanized iron hanging knees and frames in it. Big change from the old hunks of oak they used to use.

Better get down to Pompy Harj and shoot the "Victory"

In days of yore, there was a law that every land owner had to grow oak trees for the navy. Most American ships of the day were built of pine, old Constitution got it's nick name because they realised oak was stronger.
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Hi Guys

THanks for the comments on the pics .. seeing the Sark in the flesh again made me realise what a work of art the old sailing ships really are. The fire damage to the sark was pretty extensive so I was pretty surprised that they fixed her up now. Next time, I'm going to go onboard - I think they were allowing people to do that and take a few snaps. I need to make a trip to down to Pompy and will check out Victory in all her glory!

HMS Ocean looks a fine ship.. just was expecting it to be bigger .. looks like someone ran out of $$$ and forgot to finish it off (typical Uk gov!). Hopefully get the EC14 soon , so will go back again and see what it looks like cropped in a bit tighter.
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The fire damage to the sark was pretty extensive so I was pretty surprised that they fixed her up now.
40 million to fix her up, according to Wikipedia. But the Sark has friends. "In June 2008, Israeli shipping magnate Sammy Ofer donated the outstanding 3.3 million needed to fully restore the ship."

I would have written a cheque to cover the rest but my shipping business was a little slow back in 2008.
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Cool pictures, Harj.
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Nice series Harj.
The university building is looking nice and doesn't even let you think it is a school.
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