A look at the maintenance and running of HMS Victory.
L/S, looking through an arch, of the HMS Victory. M/S of the bow of the Victory. Low angle M/S of the bow. C/U of the figurehead on the bow. Low angle shot of the figurehead and the mast. Low angle M/S of the windows at the stern of the ship.
M/S of a man tightening the rigging at the top of the mast. C/U of a man polishing an lantern at the top of the mast, behind him is a panoramic view of Portsmouth Harbour. Panning shot of the man on a window-cleaner type bench, he swings away from the lantern to another part of the rigging. Top shot of the man abseiling down the mast. M/S of four men working in the rigging. C/U of one of the men working on the rigging. C/U of another man using a wrench to adjust a pulley. Low angle shot of the rigging. M/S of Captain Alan Villiers (who sailed the Mayflower across the Atlantic and is Chairman of the Society of Nautical Research) with two companions inspecting the rigging. Top shot of a bearded man checking the rigging. C/U of Captain Villiers. Low angle shot of the mast, two men are climbing the rigging.
C/U of an elderly man looking at some crumbling oak timbers inside the ship. M/S of two men chipping away at the timbers - "a team of workmen is kept fully occupied replacing the tough oak timbers, for which the old traditional tools are still the best for the job". C/U of the axe head hitting the timber. M/S of a group of four men lowering a new oak beam into place. L/S of eight men sitting on benches, suspended by rope, painting the side of the ship. M/S of a man in a boiler suit painting a metal girder. Various shots, taken from different angles, of the men painting the side of the ship.
M/S, beneath deck, of sailors collecting their rum ration from a barrel. C/U of the barrel, tilt up to an officer doling out cups of rum. Top shot of a sailor with his cup of rum climbing through a hatch onto the deck. C/U of three black buckets painted with 'Victory, G.R., 1803'. M/S of two sailors polishing brass fittings on the quarterdeck. C/U of one of the sailors. C/U of a brass sign being polished, it reads, 'Here Nelson Fell'. C/U of an oil painting depicting Nelson's death. M/S of a sailor laying wreaths in the cockpit where Nelson died. C/U of the sailor arranging wreaths, behind him is a sign that reads, 'Here Nelson Died'. C/U of an officer sitting in a office on board the ship.
M/S of a sailor addressing a group of tourists on the deck. C/U of the sailor talking. M/S of the tourists looking upwards. M/S of two sailors hoisting up semaphore flags. C/U of a sailor pulling ropes. Low angle shot of the flags going up the mast - the flags read "England expects that every man will do his duty". L/S of the Victory with flags hoisted.
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