Western Europe and the Age of Sail LREC 2016 Pictures

During March 2016, four midshipmen, one of whom was taking the Historic Shipwrecks course in the spring of 2016, and three additional midshipmen, participated in an LREC to Western Europe. 

The principal trip objectives were to expose midshipmen to the history, science, and technology of ships in the Age of Sail (~1500 to 1900) as well as the current culture of nations most associated with the technology of these times.  We saw various ships from this period:

We also had opportunity to visit various naval/maritime and other cultural museums in each city to view the different maritime technologies, and to expose midshipmen to cultures of the two different allies. Our travel was by foot, train, bus, subway, and streetcar, which enabled us to gain appreciation of the urban neighborhoods.
On the Prime Meridian, Greenwich.
Greenwich Observatory, Harrison's chronometer, the key to determining longitude at sea, and the reason for the return of celestial navigation in the USNA curriculum.
Greenwich, Cutty Sark
London, Golden Hind (replica)
London, Tower Bridge.  Since London Bridge is now in Arizona, this is London's most iconic remaining bridge.
London, Trafalgar Square
London, pub dinner overlooking the River Thames
Portsmouth: Lord Nelson's flagship Victory.
Portsmouth: M.33, 1915.  Monitor built in 3 months to support the Gallipoli landings.
Portsmouth: M.33, 1915
HMS Warrior 1860
Stockholm, Vasa Museum.
Stockholm, waiting for the bus
Stockholm, ferry
   

 

Western Europe 2016 Age of Sail LREC Itinerary

Day

Location

Major Events

3/11

Fri

Fly out afternoon (Dulles to London)

 

3/12 Saturday

London

Street fair in Notting Hill
Hyde Park
Churchhill's War Rooms
Changing of the Guard, Horse Guards
Big Ben, Westminster

3/13

Sunday

Greenwich

Old Royal Naval College, Prime Meridian, and Royal Observatory
National Maritime Museum
Cutty Sark
Trafalgar Square

3/14

Monday

London

Buckingham Palace, Changing of the Guards
Tower Bridge, Tower of London
Princess Di Memorial, Hyde Park

3/15

Tuesday

Train to Portsmouth

Walk along harbor fortifications in Portsmouth

3/16

Wednesday

Portsmouth

Victory
Mary Rose
HMS Warrior 1860
M33
National Museum of the Royal Navy Portsmouth.  Highlights included a centennial exhibition on Gallipoli, and the interpretation of the Battle of Trafalgar.

3/17

Thursday

Train and bus to Heathrow airport, then flight to Stockholm

 

3/18

Friday

Stockholm

Swedish History Museum, and Vasa Museum.  We had a behind the scenes tour of the storerooms with the artefacts from the Vasa which are not on display.

3/19 Sat

Stockholm

Maritime Museum, Changing of the Guard at Royal Palace, Royal Palace, Treasury, and Armory.

3/20 Sun

Flights, Stockholm to London to BWI