A magnificent looking vessel & sadly just so much obsolete wood kindling with the advent of iron clads just around the corner.Lovely picture.
Pretty much the end of an era that. She and her sisters were the last of the 1st Rate Ships of the Line and darned big ones too (albeit dual steam and sail). 131 guns as opposed to the 100 of HMS Victory... and in the various 'What if's' in and around the Trent Affair etc then these are some of the vessels the Union might have been faced with.
Of course that's another story
I think that plate of Marlborough may have been taken some time after launching as she appears to be moored to a bouy awaiting movement into on of the big basins to be fitted out.
It is indeed, I have been trying to get the location, as the dockyard has been altered several times over the years, but I think the three shiphouses at right still stand , one in it's original form and now painted white. Not sure but I think there is a quay or jetty where the building at left are in the photo. Someone here might be able to confirm that. In the Mary Rose, Victory, and Warrior, plus the WW1 monitor all in one place, we have a display of maritime history not matched anywhere.That's Portsmouth? Gives you chills thinking of all the History there. Walked through HMS Victory only once. Not something you forget or the impact of how old it all is.
Not quite "just around the corner"; the Aetna class ironclad floating batteries were actually built on the Thames, not at Portsmouth. Four had already been launched and three completed by the time Marlborough was launched, though.A magnificent looking vessel & sadly just so much obsolete wood kindling with the advent of iron clads just around the corner.