HMS M33

HMS M33 HMS M.33, the only surviving Royal Navy ship that fought in the Gallipoli campaign. Page run by National Museum of the Royal Navy.

HMS M.33 is a unique survivor. Launched in May 1915 she is the sole remaining British veteran of that year’s bloody Gallipoli Campaign and the only British warship from the First World War that will be open to the public during the centenary year. The National Museum of the Royal Navy (NMRN) and Hampshire County Council (HCC) have worked as partners to develop the £2.4m project to conserve, restore and interpret HMS M.33 With a grant of £1.8m from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) the ship will be made physically and intellectually open to all for the first time. The ship sits in No.1 Dock alongside HMS Victory in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, and uniquely visitors will start with a 6 metre descent into the bottom of the dock before stepping aboard. New interpretation, including a stunning immersive battle experience, will bring alive HMS M.33’s history, the stories of the men who served on board, and the bloody history of the Gallipoli Campaign. The Campaign claimed over 100,000 lives of personnel from all round the world, and the ship will be a focus for national commemorations when she opens in August 2015.' This little survivor, a ‘Monitor’ of 568 tons with a shallow draft allowing it to get close-in to shore and fire at targets on land, carried two powerful and oversize 6” guns, but was a basic metal box lacking in comforts. The 72 officers and men who sailed for the Gallipoli Campaign were crammed inside and away from home for over 3 years. ‘Commemorating Gallipoli – the HMS M.33 Project’ is part of the NMRN’s wider ‘Great War At Sea 1914 – 1918’ programme to mark the Royal Navy’s First World War. It is accompanied by the special exhibition, ‘Gallipoli: Myth and Memory’

Museumships
22/05/2017

Museumships

22 May 1915, today 102 years ago National Museum of the Royal Navy's HMS M33 was launched at Workman Clark. She was built as part of the rapid ship construction campaign following the outbreak of the First World War by Harland and Wolff, Belfast.

http://museumships.us/united-kingdom/m33

Picture source: forces.net

Picture caption: The Royal Navy Ship Built So Fast She Was Never Named

Anzac Day 2017. We remember them.
25/04/2017

Anzac Day 2017. We remember them.

Today is Anzac Day. 102 years since the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces in the First World War, during the Gallipoli campaign.

Over a century later, we remember their bravery and sacrifice, along with that of our own forces. HMS M33 is a part of their legacy. You can go on board in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and learn more of the story for yourselves.

Image: Anzacs Landing at Suvla Bay watercolour by Norman Wilkinson

Merry Christmas from HMS M33! We'd love to see you over the holidays, we re-open on 27th December at 10am.
25/12/2016

Merry Christmas from HMS M33!

We'd love to see you over the holidays, we re-open on 27th December at 10am.

Strong Island Co
21/12/2016
Strong Island Co

Strong Island Co

Strong Island Media recently worked with the National Museum of the Royal Navy on a community arts project that brought local people together to creatively discover First World War Royal Navy survivor HMS M.33 with their cameras at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. Southsea illustrator, designer and photographer Sarah Fisher (Paper Cafe) took part in the four half-day workshops and gave us her thoughts. Read the write up and check the many photos from the project on Strong Island:

http://strongisland.co/2016/12/21/hms-m-33-photography-project-sarah-fisher/

We're getting into the festive mood on board HMS M.33. Check out our fully decorated mess and read some super excerpts f...
09/12/2016

We're getting into the festive mood on board HMS M.33. Check out our fully decorated mess and read some super excerpts from Leading Signalman Henry Mulligan's diary which gives an accurate depiction of what Christmas was like on board M33 during her service in the Mediterranean. Visit over the Christmas holiday period and experience it for yourself.

16/11/2016
National Museum of the Royal Navy

National Museum of the Royal Navy

Portsmouth Naval Base have confirmed that the unexploded Second World War bomb found this morning in Portsmouth Harbour has now been towed safely from the area, therefore we will be able to re-open to the public tomorrow morning at 10am.

16/11/2016
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

Further to the discovery of a Second World War bomb in Portsmouth Harbour, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard is currently cordoned off and not open to visitors. We will update this notice as soon as possible.

UPDATE: We will be unable to open to the public today, Wednesday 16th November.

Today, we remember all those that gave so much #LestWeForgetArmistice Day, on November 11, commemorates the signing of t...
11/11/2016

Today, we remember all those that gave so much #LestWeForget
Armistice Day, on November 11, commemorates the signing of the armistice between the Allies and Germany at 11am on November 11, 1918.

Strong Island Media
04/11/2016

Strong Island Media

Yesterday was our last M33 Photo Project workshop where the group worked on creating an exhibition of the prints from last week's hand developed 35mm film photography taken onboard the ship. A huge thank you to all the photographers who took park over the four weeks (over 25 by the end of the project) and to Rachel & The National Museum of the Royal Navy at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard for making the project possible. There will be a full write up about the project on the Strong Island website soon.

Team Locals Media
05/10/2016

Team Locals Media

Steel and aluminum hand-spun fire bell aboard National Museum of the Royal Navy's HMS M33 at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.

Looking forward to working with Strong Island on this project!
30/09/2016

Looking forward to working with Strong Island on this project!

Strong Island Media working with National Museum of the Royal Navy present a new photography project focusing on the historic WWI ship HMS M.33, located at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. Over a series of four weekly half-day workshops participants will learn about the basics of photography, the ship, archive images from WWI, how to shoot & hand develop 35mm film and then the creation of a final exhibition on board the M.33 of the images created during the project.

All workshops are FREE!

Find out more on Strong Island at:

http://strongisland.co/2016/09/30/free-m33-photography-project-strong-island-national-museum-royal-navy/

Not got your tickets to visit M33 yet? Portsmouth Historic Dockyard have a fantastic 30% off All Attraction tickets for ...
27/09/2016

Not got your tickets to visit M33 yet? Portsmouth Historic Dockyard have a fantastic 30% off All Attraction tickets for a limited time only, so you can see our beautiful ship along with 10 other attractions unlimited for a whole year!

Get your tickets today: http://bit.ly/PHDtickets

Great to see our stunning ship inspiring some great moves!
26/09/2016

Great to see our stunning ship inspiring some great moves!

HMS M.33 features on “Strictly Come Dancing”. Strictly Come Dancing couple Louise Redknapp and dancing professional Kevin Clifton sprinkled a bit of dancing magic onto HMS M33 as part of their preparation for their first dance on the popular BBC show.

Visitors and colleagues watched on as the couple practised their jive moves onboard the 100 year-old vessel in anticipation of their first dance, the jive. On hand to give them valuable advice about how to salute Royal Navy-style were crew members from the world’s most famous warship HMS Victory, which lies alongside the ship.

We wish all contestants the very best as they fight to win the glitterball trophy! Credit all images BBC http://ow.ly/OtZh304yxrs

We've been featured in the latest issue of Current Archaeology Magazine!
16/09/2016

We've been featured in the latest issue of Current Archaeology Magazine!

Runners from Great South Run on board earlier today!
28/07/2016

Runners from Great South Run on board earlier today!

With just 100 days to go until the Great South Run, runners got together at the Dockyard earlier today. Here they are pictured on board HMS M33 this lunchtime.

25/07/2016
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

Please note that the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard online ticketing system be unavailable from 15:00 - 17:00hrs today for essential maintenance. We apologise for any inconvenience caused. Please email [email protected] if you have issues.

Save the day! Super agenda and fantastic location. Take your chance to visit HMS M.33 whilst you attend.
25/07/2016
Annual Gallipoli Conference 2016 - The Gallipoli Association

Save the day! Super agenda and fantastic location. Take your chance to visit HMS M.33 whilst you attend.

We are the foremost Association for the Gallipoli campaign who, with genuine passion and enthusiasm, help to keep its memory alive.

Sunday 31st July from 11am come and celebrate with us!Music and Poetry on board HMS M.33 to mark her 1st birthday as a v...
18/07/2016

Sunday 31st July from 11am come and celebrate with us!

Music and Poetry on board HMS M.33 to mark her 1st birthday as a visitor attraction.

The Engine Room
11am -11.30 The Polite Mechanicals in the Engine Room
11.30-12pm Poetry Maggie Sawkins and RST

The Engine Room
1pm-1.30 Pompey Pluckers
1.30-2pm Poetry with Maggie Sawkins

• Rear Gun Deck 12.15-12.45 Portsmouth Shanty men
• Foc’s’le 2.15-2.45 Chris Ricketts.

If there is bad weather, the last two acts will be in the Forward Mess

Free with a valid ticket

Did you know that our guidebook is available to download for Kindle? You can get it here:http://amzn.to/28Ya73u
28/06/2016

Did you know that our guidebook is available to download for Kindle?

You can get it here:http://amzn.to/28Ya73u

Some photos from Armed Forces Day on Saturday, including some pictures from on board M33!
27/06/2016

Some photos from Armed Forces Day on Saturday, including some pictures from on board M33!

The wet weather didn't dampen spirits at Armed Forces Day on Saturday. Here are a selection of pictures from staff at the National Museum of the Royal Navy who braved the rain to #SaluteOurForces

Museumships
24/06/2016

Museumships

24 June 1915, 101 years ago today, National Museum of the Royal Navy's HMS M33 was commissioned, Lieut.-Cdr. Quintin Bernard Preston-Thomas in command.
http://museumships.us/international-museumships/united-kingdom/m33
Picture: ww1britainssurvivingvessels.org.uk
caption: M33 with her awning rigged, at Mudros on the Greek island of Lemnos, 1916

Calling all young people with an interest in drama or dance!Do you think you’ve got what it takes to entertain the cro...
24/06/2016

Calling all young people with an interest in drama or dance!

Do you think you’ve got what it takes to entertain the crowds?

Learn new and exciting skills

Every Saturday 11am to 1pm

Call Rachel on 023 92 727595 for an audition

Hurry places limited!!

Come and join us on board HMS M33 this Saturday as part of Armed Forces DayMeet the Bluejackets, see demonstrations and ...
23/06/2016

Come and join us on board HMS M33 this Saturday as part of Armed Forces Day

Meet the Bluejackets, see demonstrations and hear the history of our fascinating First World War survivor.

Amazing aerial image!
08/06/2016

Amazing aerial image!

Thirteen ships, deliberately scuttled to form a breakwater for invasion vessels landing on the Normandy beachhead lie in line off the beach, shielding the ships in shore. The artificial harbor installation was prefabricated and towed across the Channel in 1944

Wonderful sight on board HMS M.33!
30/05/2016
Air Cadets Fly The Flag During Their Maritime Experience

Wonderful sight on board HMS M.33!

Nuneaton based Air Cadets from the 121 Squadron hung up their wings for the weekend when they boarded the Royal Navy destroyer HMS Bristol. Fifty Royal Air Force Air Cadets and staff from the Warwi…

Do you have any war posters so share with a naval angle?
20/01/2016

Do you have any war posters so share with a naval angle?

#WarPosterWednesday Women Required For Motor Driving And Telephonist Duties

Sands of Gallipoli
31/12/2015
Sands of Gallipoli

Sands of Gallipoli

Next year marks 100 years since the Anzacs were deployed to the Western Front - Here's one of our favourite community stories about Passchendaele:

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! We hope you all have a wonderful time, whatever you're doing.We found this image o...
25/12/2015

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! We hope you all have a wonderful time, whatever you're doing.

We found this image of HMS M.33 in the snow a few years ago - it doesn't look like we'll get an updated pic this year!

First World War survivor HMS M.33 has welcomed its 50,000th visitor after a poignant launch event held earlier this year...
16/12/2015

First World War survivor HMS M.33 has welcomed its 50,000th visitor after a poignant launch event held earlier this year. The warship, which fought in the Gallipoli campaign, has been wowing visitors to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard since it opened as an attraction in August 2015. The opening of the ship to the public marked a special milestone for all those involved after years of securing her future and conservation works.

Duty Manager at the NMRN, Dave Hartley, said: “The film really hits home, about the Gallipoli Campaign and what the men suffered. There’s a lot of depth to it."

Why not your bring your children this winter break and look for Miss Muggins the cat, who was on the M.33 after the First World War She has become a real favourite among children, who eagerly try to find her.

THE FIGHTING QUINNS
20/11/2015
THE FIGHTING QUINNS

THE FIGHTING QUINNS

These brave men were my grandfather, William and his brothers. We remember them in the Anzac Centenary.

09/11/2015
BBC South

Some footage of yesterday's services of commemoration #LestWeForget

Services of commemoration were held across the region to mark Remembrance Sunday. From military veterans to young children, thousands came together to honour those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

When actor and comedian Hugh Dennis visited HMS M33 earlier this year, he told us of his ancestor, Frank Hinnels, who se...
03/11/2015
In Search of Great Uncle Frank - BBC Radio 4

When actor and comedian Hugh Dennis visited HMS M33 earlier this year, he told us of his ancestor, Frank Hinnels, who served at Gallipoli.

In this BBC Radio 4 programme, he follows in Frank's Footsteps, right to the very spot where he fell in 1915.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06gqdwy

Hugh Dennis travels to Gallipoli to discover how his great uncle died in World War I.

Miss us on BBC South's Inside out last night? You can watch again here - the piece starts at about 10 minutes and 45 sec...
27/10/2015
Inside Out South, 26/10/2015

Miss us on BBC South's Inside out last night? You can watch again here - the piece starts at about 10 minutes and 45 seconds in.

An update on the restoration of one of just three remaining WWI Royal Navy warships.

Great shot of the day- What a sunny view to start the weekend with!
09/10/2015

Great shot of the day- What a sunny view to start the weekend with!

New week, new character: HMS M33 for the young generation!Here is 'Timothy – the Tortoise‘ - another lovely characte...
02/10/2015

New week, new character: HMS M33 for the young generation!

Here is 'Timothy – the Tortoise‘ - another lovely character from our floor game based on the history of the ship.

He was adopted by the ship’s crew during shore leave in Malta and is known as the wisest and most dependable of the ship's animals.

01/10/2015
M33 Destination Dardanelles HD

You can now watch our community film, "M.33 - Destination Dardanelles" on our YouTube channel. Made with the excellent Strong Island Media team, it's a must see:

youtu.be/ZI9_Bwn7IZA

Against the remarkable backdrop of First World War survivor HMS M.33, this new Portsmouth documentary uses historic diary extracts to tell the extraordinary ...

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