The Garden Guide

Book: London and Its Environs, 1927
Chapter: 49 Greenwich and Woolwich

Naval Museum

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The NAVAL MUSEUM, in King Charles's Building, contains a collection of models of ships of various epochs, a great variety of models and specimens of naval apparatus, machinery, and fittings, and numerous interesting naval trophies and relics. The Franklin Ward contains relics of Sir John Franklin's ill-fated Arctic expedition (1845-46), and Captain Scott's theodolite. The CHAPEL, in Queen Mary's Building, was destroyed by fire in 1779, but it was rebuilt in an elaborate Grecian style by 'Athenian' Stuart in 1779-89 and restored in 1851 and 1882. In the octagonal vestibule are statues of Faith, Hope, Charity, and Meekness, designed by Benjamin West, who painted likewise the altarpiece in the chapel (St. Paul at Malta). To the right and left of the doorway are busts of Admiral Keats (died 1834) and Vice-Admiral Hardy (died 1839; Nelson's captain), former governors. In Romney Road, to the south of the Hospital, lies the Royal Hospital School, in front of which is a fully rigged sailing vessel. About 1100 sons of sailors and marines are trained here for the Navy. The central building was once the 'Queen's House,' designed by Inigo Jones for Anne of Denmark, James I.'s wife.