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Posted on Jul 16, 2005 in Front Page Features, Stuff We Like

International Festival of the Sea 2005

Armchair General

Here’s "Admiral Nelson" again, yes I was able to get this close to him. Check out the intricate (and expensive) detailing on his accurately recreated costume. Not sure who the chap in the second photo is meant to be (if anyone) but he looked very fine as well, and you can see HMS Warrior in the background.

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Meanwhile, around the corner, some children attempted to operate an artillery piece they had found lying around. I recall hoping that they didn’t find any ammunition – weapons from all ages could be found in various locations.


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Later on, I observed a model Submarine prowling near some of the foreign warships. It was stalking a model Battleship of roughly the same scale, and at one stage the Battleship was seen to fire upon its enemy. Perhaps the ultimate in model warships – these ones were man-powered, I found one of their Captains around the corner getting dressed.

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Another model Submarine – this one though was radio controlled and was hunting a remote controlled yacht. This was a bit of a clue as to what lay inside the nearest hall – a model exhibition, the likes of which I have never seen before.


Inside the hall, entire model fleets were arrayed for inspection. I love models of all types, so I’ll indulge myself with a few of my favourite pictures from this area of the Festival.

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1 Comment

  1. The uniforms were all made by Keith Levett, livery tailor of Savile Row, who is standing the other side of Captain Hardy, and portraying Captain Thomas Troubridge, and beyond he, and also in your second photo, Captain James de Saumarez!
    Wonderful to see those photos.
    Yours aye,
    Alex Naylor (aka Nelson!) Keith also made the Full Dress uniform which is now on board HMS Victory and also the undress one in the Nelson Museum in Monmouth. They are precise replicas of the originals.