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Portsmouth


Portsmouth is a city on the South coast of England in the UK. As of 2005, the city itself had an estimated population of 189,000, and lies within a larger urban area with a population of 442,252.

Historically, and in fact right to the present day, Portsmouth has been a important base for the Royal Navy, as well as a important commercial base. The city contains the world's oldest dry dock still in use, as well as HMS Victory (Lord Nelson's ship at the Battle of Trafalgar, 1805), the oldest naval ship still in commission. HMS Victory although technically still in commission is permanently located in a dry dock and is a museum ship open to the public.

Portsmouth


Key Facts about Portsmouth


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Here are some facts about Portsmouth:
  1. Portsmouth is a city on the South coast of England.

  2. The city is located 64 miles (103 kilometers) Southwest of London and 19 miles (31 kilometers) Southeast of Southampton.

  3. Portsmouth is the United Kingdom's only island city, as it is mainly located on Portsea Island.

  4. Portsmouth has been an important naval port for centuries. It is still, to this day, home to a Royal Navy dockyard and base, and is also the site of headquarters of the Royal Marine Commandos.

  5. Portsmouth is also a busy ferry port for both passenger and freight traffic.

  6. Portsmouth's main road links are the M275, the A3, and A2030. The M275 connects to the M27.

  7. Portsmouth has four main rail stations. These provide services to London Waterloo, London Victoria, Brighton, Southampton, and other destinations.

  8. The nearest airport is Southampton Airport. London Gatwick and London Heathrow are however less than 2 hours drive away.


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Portsmouth Through Time (America Through Time)

By Elizabeth C. Jewell

America Through Time
Released: 2017-05-08
Paperback (96 pages)

Portsmouth Through Time (America Through Time)
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As you walk past ancient seaport burial grounds, slanted mossy headstones, and centuries-old neighborhoods, it doesn't take much imagination to be transported back in time. Let Portsmouth Through Time take you on a journey through this old New England seaport city. Explore several surrounding communities and learn their roles in making seacoast New Hampshire, and Maine across the harbor, the captivating region it is today. In this book, a concise, well-researched blend of history is richly illustrated with 184 images, past and present, contrasting 92 select sites from the coastal cities, towns, and villages that have evolved here.
This unique universe is filled with Early and Native American cultural treasures as well as innovative lifestyle opportunities for today. Most of the lore of this land is based on fascinating historical facts.
The scenery along the seacoast beaches, harbors, marshes, and islands is unmatched. Learn about grand hotels, lighthouses, an abandoned prison, and other remarkable places throughout the history-saturated seacoast.
This book will challenge the reader to continue their historical journey, and travel through time to this very special place.

A Visual Cruising Guide to the Southern New England Coast: Portsmouth, NH, to New London, CT

By James Bildner

James Bildner
Paperback (272 pages)

A Visual Cruising Guide to the Southern New England Coast: Portsmouth, NH, to New London, CT
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  • A Visual Cruising Guide to the Southern New England Coast Portsmouth NH to New London CT
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New concept in navigation provides the perfect complement to your charts and traditional cruising guides

This unique cruising guide features aerial photos matched with chart segments to guide you through channels and harbor approaches. Prepared with input from local experts up and down the coast, hazards, safe channels, and key navigation aids are clearly labeled on photos and charts.

Penelope Goes to Portsmouth: A Novel of Regency England (Travelling Matchmaker)

By Marion Chesney

St Martins Pr
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Penelope Goes to Portsmouth: A Novel of Regency England (Travelling Matchmaker)
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On the coach to Portsmouth, Miss Pym faces her most difficult matchmaking challenge yet. The lovely Miss Penelope Wilkins, daughter of a rich merchant, would be the perfect match for the handsome Lord Augustus, a nobleman whose fortune is almost depleted. Would be, that is, if the two were at all compatible. Though strikingly beautiful, the too-practical Penelope seems to stand on quite the opposite cliff from the carefree Lord Augustus. But when the undaunted Miss Pym enlists their help in untangling an intrigue, and Lord Augustus steals an astounding kiss from the shocked Penelope, Miss Pym is convinced her matchmaking expertise will soon bridge any chasm between the reluctant lovers!

Wentworth-By-The-Sea: The Life and Times of a Grand Hotel

By J. Dennis Robinson

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When the Wentworth-by-the-Sea Hotel was built in 1873, it joined dozens of other resorts dotting the northern New England landscape. Now 130 years later it remains the one of the few grand hotels in this region. In between 1873 and 2003, the hotel has undergone early success, bankruptcy, resurgence under the guidance of a gilded age tycoon, one month as the social center of a major international peace conference, decades as a prominent family resort and convention center, then near total demolition, and, finally, resurrection as major upscale hotel and spa.

The dominant architectural feature in seacoast New Hampshire, the Wentworth was and is more than a building. Author J. Dennis Robinson tells the stories of its of-times flamboyant owners, its loyal employees, and the thousands of guests all of whom have made the Wentworth a New England institution.

In this heavily illustrated volume we learn of the Campbell family who built the hotel, of Frank Jones, the Portsmouth multi-millionaire who expanded the facility into the major resort, and of James and Margaret Smith who held the aging building together during parts of five decades while hosting governors, presidents, industrialists and dozens of conventions ranging from visiting firemen to librarians.

Then for two decades, until the turn of the twentieth century, the hotel was closed and nearly demolished, until nearly at the last minute, it was saved due to public outcry and renovated as the Marriott Wentworth by the Sea Hotel and Spa.


 
 
 

 
 
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