callmemadam (callmemadam) wrote,
callmemadam
callmemadam

Forever Pompey

‘But by G-, you lost a fine sight by not being here (in Portsmouth) in the morning to see the Thrush go out of harbour. I would not have been out of the way for a thousand pounds. … I was upon the platform two hours this afternoon, looking at her.’

Mr Price, Fanny’s father, in Mansfield Park.

Early this morning, HMS Queen Elizabeth came into Portsmouth. By six o’clock there were thousands of people, many from naval families, waiting to see her. I watched some of this on the early Southern news and I have to say it was a fine sight: the enormous ship with ratings lined up on deck and the cheering crowds on shore. No doubt they wouldn’t have been out of the way for a thousand pounds.

Here’s another link with the naval days of Jane Austen. Fanny’s horrid cousins tell Mrs Norris how ignorant Fanny is. ‘She thinks of nothing but the Isle of Wight, and she calls it the Island, as if there were no other island in the world.’ People on the south coast, not necessarily ignorant, still call the Isle of Wight ‘the Island’, so some things never change.

This ship cost you £3bn, folks.
Tags: jane austen
Subscribe

  • What to look for in May

  • Skating in books

    The weather is foul: day after day of rain, wind and darkness that mean lights on all day. My thoughts turn to bright, frosty days and skating.…

  • Throwback May Day

    It’s cold and frosty again and I’m way behind with all garden work. So I’m going back to 1st May 2011, when I was able to post this.

  • Post a new comment

    Error

    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded 

    When you submit the form an invisible reCAPTCHA check will be performed.
    You must follow the Privacy Policy and Google Terms of use.
  • 2 comments