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Great voyages start here

07 Jul 2012

History and Heritage

Portsmouth Harbour is famous all over the world as a Naval Port and home of the Royal Navy.

The Royal Dockyard has been here since the 13th Century.
Admiral Nelson sailed out of Portsmouth and Henry VIII’s flagship Mary Rose was based here.
A law in 1838 said the Portsmouth Corporation could improve the port and charge boats for using it.
The Continental Ferry Port opened in 1976 with summer sailings to Cherbourg and St Malo in France.
The next year sailings to the Channel Islands began. Crossings to Spain started in the 1980s.
Over the last 25 years the commercial quays have been developed with fantastic facilities for fruit imports.
In 2001 the first cruise liners called at Portsmouth.
Tall Ships, Ocean Racers and Global Challenge vessels have all made Portsmouth the start or finish of their adventures.
2011 brought a name change to Portsmouth International Port to match the Port’s international shipping importance.
Today Portsmouth is a very busy ferry, cruise and cargo shipping port. Come and visit us one day!

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