Some people are disappointed, after having visited the Mary Rose in
Portsmouth Dockyard, as they expected more of the ship to have
In reality there is substantially more of the Mary Rose, that faced
the French in 1545, than that of HMS Victory, in the adjacent dry
dock, that faced the French in 1805.
Over the two centuries since the Battle of Trafalgar most of Victory
has been replaced. The masts have been replaced numerous times, not
taking into account that they were originally shot away in the battle
and the ship was left as a floating hulk.
HMS Warrior, which is berthed just outside the naval dockyard, and
impresses all who venture aboard her, are in most cases unaware that
only the hull is original. Everything else is a facsimile.
I suppose the same can now be said of the 'Cutty Sark' and the 'SS
On 10/25/15, John Wood <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Similar to Trigger's broom in 'Only Fools and Horses'?
> On 10/25/15, Peter Laurie <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> When I was a student I had a summer job as a scaffolders' labourer. One
>> our jobs was the east end of Kings College Chapel. The very old man who
>> the stonemasons came to check our work and as a treat I was allowed up on
>> the roof too.
>> I said what a privilege it was to be amongst all this ancient stonework.
>> said 'Don't you worry booy, there's nothing you can see that's more than
>> years old.'
>> The moral being, I suppose, that the idea in the stones is reproduced
>> generation after generation. It doesn't matter that the current stones
>> So, when ISIL has gone away, the ideas at Palmyra can be released once
>> from the rock.