Outing to H.M.S. Victory
All children love an outing, especially if it is during school-time. The Isle of Wight Observer newspaper reported on one such treat in their issue of 2 July 1910.
A very successful educational visit was paid on Wednesday last to H.M.S. Victory by nearly one hundred of the senior scholars of the Ryde Upper School. Special arrangements had been made by the Naval authorities, and a competent staff of guides conducted the delighted children over Nelson’s famous old ship.
The visit was made under ideal weather conditions, and the scholars, who were under the care of the headmaster, and a portion of his staff, thoroughly enjoyed the change and variety from the usual round of school duty.
HMS Victory is a 104-gun first-rate ship of the line of the Royal Navy, ordered in 1759 and launched in 1765. She is best known for her role as Lord Nelson’s flagship at the Battle of Trafalgar on 21 October 1805. In 1922 she was moved to a dry dock at Portsmouth and preserved as a museum ship. She is the oldest naval ship still in commission, with 244 years of service as of 2022.
At the end of his naval career, Lieut.-Comdr. Hollis of Ryde was one of her commanders in dock at Portsmouth. More about Commander Hollis here.
Sources: IW Observer
Article: Ann Barrett