“HMS VICTORY” IS HEADING FOR GIBRALTAR
A model of HMS VICTORY was recently loaded onboard RFA FORT VICTORIA and is heading for Gibraltar over the next few months. The Captain, Karl Woodfield, said that he was delighted to take the metre-long model on its voyage to Gibraltar en route passing through the Cape Trafalgar battle area and then following much of HMS VICTORY’s original track in 1805.
The model was made by Captain Alan Garner MN (1939-2015) after his retirement from Wightlink Ferries and many years at sea. It took over three years of painstaking dedication and photographs of the assembly are being provided with the model.
Following the death of their mother, sons Philip and Rob Garner asked the new Gibraltar Officers’ Mess at Devil’s Tower Camp if they would like the model. The Mess was delighted by the offer and said the model would have pride of place, especially at Trafalgar Night.
Following the on-load the visitors had an excellent brunch and a fascinating tour of the ship.
A presentation ceremony at the Mess is planned for August.
Photos Courtesy of R Garner.