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Yesterday was spent in Portsmouth looking at the Mary Rose – one of the earliest proper battleships and a founding ship of the Royal Navy. In contrast to her predecessors, she had gun ports allowing her to fight sea battles by firing broadsides, instead of simply being a floating fortress for fighting land battles on water.

Nearby was was the HMS Queen Elizabeth – a floating airfield which is simply too expensive to fight sea battles. Impressive by day, it is also beautiful by night with its lights reflected in the water of No. 1 Dock, which was built in 1601.

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