ltwilliammowett: A diorama of HMS ‘Victory’ …


A diorama of HMS ‘Victory’
afloat in Portsmouth harbour with a paddle steamer in the foregound, the
whole under a glass dome. It was made of oak from ‘Victory’.

A note from the maker William C. Barnaby states: ‘This case contains a
model of HMS Victory. The model is made from oak cut out by me with the
broken blade of a hacksaw from a split in the timber of the continuation
of the rib against which admiral Lord Nelson died in the cockpit below.
I was a boy discharged from HMS Volage to Victory to await rating to
Ordinary Seaman on attaining the age of 18 in February 1895. The Victory
is shown against the background of the Gosport shore – where she lay
moored in 1894. On the left is Fort Blockhouse, Haslar Creek, HMS
Vincent, training ship, Camper & Nicholson Yacht Builders, Gosport,
‘Hard’ with floating bridge and half Perry, Lapthorne & Ratsey’s
sailmaking loft, Royal Clarence Victualling Yard with model of Royal
Yacht Osborne in which Queen Victoria made her frequent trips from the
yard to Osborne House. Extreme right shows HMS Bachante which made the
trip round the world with the two young princes, the Duke of York and
Duke of Clarence 1879-80’.

Date made
circa 1895