2010 meeting and AGM in Portsmouth

The Society at Fort Nelson, the programme start with 2 rounds from the 12 pounder cannon fired by a costumed gun crew.

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The Society around the 1805 twelve pounder

Lower deck story of the battle of Trafalgar

Gun inspection by Society members

John Forester and a contemporary Hornblower

Our AGM venue: The Churchillian Pub (www.churchillian.co.uk/) on Portsdown Hill. After formal AGM matters were discussed, we had Inspiring talks, lively discussions:

  • Portsmouth Naval Base, Past & Present – John Roberts
  • Mr. Midshipman Hornblower & the Crisis, Ferrol revisited – Jetse Reijenga
  • Interactive group discussion on our book of the year “Mr. Midshipman Hornblower”
  • Ships’ names in Hornblower’s time – Lawrie Brewer
  • The model for Château de Graçay from Flying Colours, a theory – Ludwig Heuse

John Roberts talks about Portsmouth Naval Base

Discussions with John Forester

This year’s magnificent steak & kidney pie

Who will carve?

The Society at dinner

The Society at dinner

Guided boat trip in Portsmouth harbour on Sunday morning

This is where we stayed, the “Keppel’s Head Hotel”, built 1779 and mentioned in Lieutenant Hornblower

The hotel was named after admiral Keppel (1725-1786) . He sailed round the world with Lord Anson in 1740. Keppel has also been captain of HMS Victory in the battle of Ushant

Pictures above were taken by John Roberts and Ineke Reijenga