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Wednesday, November 07, 2012
HMS Victory's guns
During my recent visit to HMS Victory in Portsmouth, I was disappointed to learn that of the near 100 gun on board, most are made of wood or fibreglass and there are only about 5 or 6 cast iron cannon in the ship.
Because the replicas look so good the only way to distinguish the fakes is to knock on them.
The reason the ship cannot house the originals, is weight. The ageing vessel's decks could not support 100 x 2-3 ton guns.