Submarines and Seascapes… Paddy and Plunkett in Portsmouth, Part 3

Paddy at Victory, Portsmouth - H Crawford/CrawCrafts Beasties
Last week, we left adventurous Irish Beasties Paddy and Plunkett in something of a sticky situation… captured by an irate security guard who objected strenuously to Paddy’s attempts to take HMS Warrior for a test drive!

However, this week I’ve received another round of photos in which the pair of them appear to have eluded their captor… How can this be?
“A good escape artist never reveals his secrets,” says Plunkett. “And anyway, we had to go and have a look around the Alliance submarine.”
Plunkett with the Alliance Submarine - H Crawford/CrawCrafts Beasties
Fair enough.

Although it seems like Plunkett was really only interested in hanging out in the bar…
Plunkett in the Torpedo Tube Saloon - H Crawford/CrawCrafts Beasties
Apparently when Alliance was in use, food was stored just about anywhere they could find space. So yes, those beers are indeed being stashed in a torpedo tube! Fortunately, it’s a long time since any torpedoes were launched from this submarine – Alliance has been a museum since 1981, so Plunkett can enjoy his tinnies in peace.

Suitably refreshed, the two lads set off for the Figurehead Museum…
Paddy at the Figurehead Museum - H Crawford/CrawCrafts Beasties
…Where they met some pretty unusual ladies!
Figurehead Museum, Portsmouth - H Crawford/Crawcrafts BeastiesScary Lady at the Figurehead Museum, Portsmouth - H Crawford/CrawCrafts BeastiesYikes! Imagine if you saw those faces leering at you from the front of a battleship! But look what was waiting for the boys around the corner…
The Knitted Sea at Portsmouth's Figurehead Museum - H Crawford/CrawCrafts BeastiesKnitted Fishies at the Figurehead Museum - H Crawford/CrawCrafts BeastiesKnitted Mermaid and Friends at the Figurehead Museum - H Crawford/CrawCrafts BeastiesMore Knitted Undersea Creatures at the Figurehead Museum - H Crawford/CrawCrafts Beasties
…A whole knitted underwater scene! Look closely and you’ll see turtles, starfish and mermaids as well as hundreds of multicoloured fish! Paddy and Plunkett could have stayed here for hours, but then they saw this…
Plunkett with the Giant's Causeway Poster - H Crawford/CrawCrafts Beasties
“Is that the Giant’s Causeway? We really have been away for quite a while… maybe it’s time to head home. Hope you’ve enjoyed following us around Portsmouth, see you soon for more monster adventures!”

Paddy and Plunkett’s Portsmouth – Part 2

Paddy and Plunkett Continue Their Portsmouth Adventures - H Crawford/CrawCrafts Beasties
The last time we checked in with Paddy and Plunkett, they’d got carried away exploring the Isle of Wight and missed the last boat back to the mainland! Fortunately, it seems they eventually managed to make their return journey by stowing away on a passing ship … the cable pattern on Paddy’s jumper is perfect camouflage in among the rigging ropes!
Paddy in the Rigging - H Crawford/CrawCrafts Beasties
Even though they’re now back on dry land, they couldn’t resist going to visit one of the city’s most famous attractions – the Mary Rose!At the Mary Rose - H Crawford/CrawCrafts Beasties
The Mary Rose sank in 1545 just north of the Isle of Wight, after 33 years of service in Henry VIII’s navy. Her wreckage was rediscovered in 1971 (although Wikipedia mentions an earlier rediscovery in 1863, after which some enterprising gentlemen tried to meet market demand for salvaged artefacts by blowing up parts of the ship with condemned bomb shells filled with gunpowder) and so began a decade of intense underwater archaelogy, legal wranglings and preparations to extract what remained of the ship’s hull from the sticky clay on the seabed. Finally, on the 11th of October 1982, the Mary Rose saw daylight for the first time in more than 4 centuries! Conservation work has been ongoing ever since… the ship is now in the process of drying out after 25 years of being sprayed with preserving wax.

Unfortunately, photo opportunities were few and far between in the museum itself – with so many visitors around, a Beastie could easily get trampled underfoot! The lads were happy to soak up the sights, and leave the happy snaps until they stopped for coffee at the end of the tour. Hey look – Paddy’s got his own personalised mug!
Paddy Stops for Coffee - H Crawford/CrawCrafts Beasties
Then there was just time to pose with this scurvy sea dog outside…
Paddy, Plunkett and the Pirate - H Crawford/CrawCrafts Beasties
…Before going to seek more nautical adventures on board HMS Warrior. Warrior was Britain’s first iron-clad battleship, built in 1860. Her wrought-iron armour was a huge technological leap forward, and this development made the ship faster, stronger and harder to hit than anything else afloat at the time. Apparently, most rivals didn’t even bother to engage her – one look and they just slunk off into the sunset! She didn’t scare Paddy and Plunkett though – they were too busy hanging out in the rigging!
Paddy and Plunkett on HMS Warrior - H Crawford/Crawcrafts Beasties
They also had a look around below decks…
Paddy and Plunkett Below Decks on HMS Warrior - H Crawford/CrawCrafts Beasties
And then… oh no! Who let Paddy drive?
Paddy Takes the Helm - H Crawford/CrawCrafts Beasties
These mischievous monsters have gone too far this time – they’d better leave before someone calls security…
Captured! Security Catches Up with Paddy and Plunkett! H Crawford/CrawCrafts Beasties
Too late! Still, it’s not every day that you get forcibly ejected from a vintage battleship by a former film star… Super-observant readers may have seen this monster from the deep before, in the Bond film “For Your Eyes Only”!

Now it only remains to be seen if Paddy and Plunkett can wriggle free of the iron grip of the law! Stay tuned…

Paddy and Plunkett Head to Portsmouth

Paddy Over Portsmouth! CrawCrafts BeastiesThese adventurous little monsters can’t seem to get enough of life on the high seas! After their recent visit to the National Maritime Museum in Co.Dublin, Paddy and Plunkett have resurfaced in Portsmouth – a city with centuries of naval history to its name. Coming as they do from an island nation, it’s little wonder that they felt immediately at home here – Portsmouth is the only island city in the UK!
Paddy with the Spinnaker Tower - H Crawford/CrawCrafts BeastiesEver eager for excitement, the first thing they did was to climb the Spinnaker Tower (that’s it in the background of the photo) and get a bird’s eye view of the city. This is always especially thrilling for a Beastie, since they spend most of their time significantly closer to the ground. Check out that view!
Plunkett Inside the Spinnaker Tower - H Crawford/CrawCrafts BeastiesMind you, I nearly had kittens when I saw this next photo…
Beastie Freefall! H Crawford/CrawCrafts BeastiesFortunately there’s a nice thick layer of glass floor to keep the boys airborne – for a moment there I was certain they’d decided to take up BASE jumping!

Their next outing was a bit more sedate – a trip over to the Isle of Wight by hovercraft. They got a great day for it… Here’s Paddy posing with The Needles, a line of chalk stacks that’s one of Britain’s most famous natural landmarks.
Paddy on the Isle of Wight - H Crawford/CrawCrafts BeastiesThey made some friends while they were there too!
Paddy and Plunkett with their New Buddies - H Crawford/CrawCrafts BeastiesPaddy with his Isle of Wight Friends - H Crawford/CrawCrafts BeastiesPlunkett's Dinosaur Collection - H Crawford/CrawCrafts BeastiesWith all this exploring, the afternoon just zipped by! So much so that… uh oh! Is that the hovercraft heading back to the mainland without them?
Paddy watches their lift home vanish over the horizon! H Crawford/CrawCrafts Beasties


Will Paddy and Plunkett ever make it back to Portsmouth? Or are they going to be marooned indefinitely on the Isle of Wight? You’ll have to wait until next week to find out…