Sorry folks, more holiday photo's and another Museum! I will get round to some actual gaming related posts shortly but for now I had to tell you about this great 'hidden gem' of a museum. I say hidden but by that I mean 'hidden from me' because when I worked in the area some years ago I drove past this place many many times without realising what I was missing. While we were out and about last week, dodging the weather and generally hunting for somewhere to visit I saw a sign for this place and decided to make a detour, dragging the family along with me.
|Model showing Buklers Hard at the height of its Shipbuilding period.|
The history of Bucklers Hard is one of misadventure, speculation, changing fortunes but ultimately of success from inauspicious beginnings. Situated on the banks of the Beaulieu River in the middle of the New Forest the location is today idyllic and peaceful. But at one time this was a shipyard building Ships of the Line for Nelsons Navy and later served as a base for Motor Torpedo Boats in WWII and was one of many sites in the south that built sections of the Mulberry Harbours for the Normandy landings.
|This model of Bucklers Hard shows the site during its most important shipbuilding period. Ships of the line up to 3rd Rate were built here including vessels such as the Kennington, the Eurylalus, the Agamemnon and the Illustrious.|
|Kennington - 20 Guns, 6th Rate launched in 1756. She took part in the Seven years war in North America and in Europe. She was part of the successful capture of Louisburg in Canada in 1758 before serving out her final years in the West Indies.|
|Painting showing the Launch of the Euryalus|
|Shipbuilders looking over their plans and a model.|
A very interesting museum, especially if you have a passion for British naval history. Its a bit off the beaten track, situated as it is in the centre of the New Forest National Park, but well worth the detour to visit.