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In southern England, an international naval festival opens off the Royal Navy's base at Portsmouth

French warships attending the Naval Festival at Portsmouth on the English coast, August 1865, artist's impression
08/28/1865
Following up on a similar event earlier in the month at Cherbourg in France, the British and French navies contributed to an international festival off the coast of southern England near Portmouth.  This was a demonstration of goodwill also, after a period of tension between the two nations, and navy ministers and civic officials of Brest, Cherbourg, and Portsmouth hosted receptions aboard the warships.  (By John Osborne) 
Source Citation: 
"The French Naval Fleet at Portsmouth," Harper's Weekly Magazine, October 7, 1865, p. 625.
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