We boarded the ship on a bright and breezy September late afternoon. Heading out of Portsmouth harbour we surveyed the three decks scoping out the best vantage point. Once selected we settled in for a very enjoyable three hours on the water.
The boat offers a good amount of occupancy. There is a full bar with local craft beers on tap. Modest snacks like pretzels were also available.
The highlight was undoubtedly, David, our tour guide. Despite only moving to Portsmouth area in the past ten years he had a vast knowledge of the waters and its history. Everything from lighthouse workers to German submarines, David knew his stuff.
The ship docked at Star Island to disgorge passengers and take on more passengers. Travellers go to Star Island for religious retreats or educational training. It looked somewhat like a step back in time residing in this old island hotel.
The tour provides a good perspective on the importance of the water to Portsmouth and its proud naval history. Step aboard next time you're in town.