As a significant naval port for centuries, Portsmouth has the world's oldest continuously used dry dock and is home to some noted ships, including HMS Warrior, the Tudor carrack Mary Rose and Lord Nelson's flagship, HMS Victory (the world's oldest naval ship still in commission). By the 19th century, Portsmouth was one of the most fortified cities in the world. During the Second World War, the city served as a pivotal embarkation point for the D-Day landings and was also chosen as the headquarters for the Supreme Allied Commander, Dwight D. Eisenhower. The city was bombed extensively during what was known as the Portsmouth Blitz, which resulted in the deaths of 930 people. Although smaller than in its heyday, the naval base at HMNB Portsmouth remains the largest dockyard for the Royal Navy and is home to two-thirds of the entire surface fleet.
The Norfolk Naval Shipyard, often called the Norfolk Navy Yard, is a historic and active U.S. Navy facility that is actually located in Portsmouth rather than Norfolk; the original name "Gosport" was changed to "Norfolk" to reflect its location in Norfolk County, VA. The shipyard upgrades, remodels, and repairs ships of the US Navy and is one of the few facilities in the world with the capability to dry dock an aircraft carrier.
Directly opposite Norfolk, the city of Portsmouth also has miles of waterfront land on the Elizabeth River as part of the harbor of Hampton Roads. There is a ferry boat that takes riders back and forth across the water between Downtown Norfolk and Olde Towne Portsmouth.
Portsmouth is located on the western side of the Elizabeth River directly across from the City of Norfolk. In 1620, the future site of Portsmouth was recognized as suitable shipbuilding location by John Wood, a shipbuilder, who petitioned King James I of England for a land grant. The surrounding area was soon settled as a plantation community.
A UK-wide ban on the sale of ivory came into force in 2018, following a University of Portsmouth led investigation into the British antiques trade of the material ... In 2018 the UK Government introduced the IvoryAct—banning the sale of elephant ivory—following an investigation led by the University of Portsmouth's Ivory Project.
Aldrich was born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, in 1836 ... However, throughout his life Aldrich kept Portsmouth—with its natural beauty, antique architecture, and working-class grittiness — in his heart and in his imagination. His tender poem, “The Gentle Hand,” was set in Portsmouth.
PortsmouthMayorShannonGlover said the rebirth of Olde Towne Portsmouth in the early 1980s — with brick sidewalks, antique street lights, new shops, businesses and restaurants — happened with the help of the ferry service ... “I was very young, very optimistic and devoted to the idea of a ferry service between Norfolk and Portsmouth,” he said.
Lancaster might just be the new Brooklyn, with a unique twist.7] Portsmouth, New Hampshire...Step back in time to the old-school charm of Portsmouth ... Discover hidden gems in antique stores, dine at cozy restaurants, and unwind at sidewalk cafes. Portsmouth encapsulates the essence of ...
PORTSMOUTH — The Portsmouth NH 400th Grand Parade is scheduled for Saturday, June 3 at 11 a.m. A Portsmouth High School band alumni reunion is being organized for the event. Floats, bands, antique cars, street performers, scout troops and anyone else who would like to march is welcome, according to organizers.
We'll be thinking about our past and our future as Portsmouth celebrates its 400th anniversary ... Except in museums and perhaps garages of antique collectors, every car we today see on Portsmouth roads will be gone in a hundred years ... If we can avoid wars, and not be hit by a tidal wave, Portsmouth's next hundred years can be incredible.
Just months after the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor, Portsmouth had a network of air raid wardens going door to door every night to make sure each home had blackout curtains in place ... He soon met Patch and was fascinated by the retired shipyard worker's skills as a preservationist, antiques dealer and curator at the Portsmouth Athenaeum.
PORTSMOUTH - A rare and precious first edition novel published in 1859 by Harriet E ...Davis, a former librarian, hand-delivered the book from California to Portsmouth. A local antique dealer authenticated it and Boggis formally accepted the gift on behalf of the Trail.