Portsmouth, Hampshire, on the south England coast, a
city of almost 200,000 people, has been an important naval port for
centuries and, although its importance as a military base has declined
in recent years, Plymouth retains its importance as a Royal Navy base
and dockyard, where Nelson's flagship Victory now rests. Portsmouth is
also a busy commercial port, serving continental destinations for both
freight and passengers. Most of the city is sited on Portsea Island,
where the Solent meets the English Channel, the sheltered Portsmouth
harbour lying to the west of the island. The 500 foot Spinnaker Tower,
situated at Portsmouth Harbour, has proven a popular tourist attraction.
The map below shows the features of the
city as they were in the mid twentieth century. Click on a selected area
of the map below to see an enlargement.