HMS Victory

HMS Victory HMS Victory is a 104-gun first-rate ship of the line of the Royal Navy, laid down in 1759 and launched in 1765.
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HMS Victory is a 104-gun first-rate ship of the line of the Royal Navy, laid down in 1759 and launched in 1765. She is most famous as Lord Nelson's flagship at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. http://www.hms-victory.com/ http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS_Victory

30/04/2020
National Museum of the Royal Navy

National Museum of the Royal Navy

Our final stop today for #MuseumFromHome is heading to our site National Museum of the Royal Navy Hartlepool and taking you on a walk through of HMS Trincomalee during our daily security checks.

#NMRN #NavigateTheNavy

England expects that every man will do his duty.
21/10/2019

England expects that every man will do his duty.

There’s no other day in the Royal Navy calendar like Trafalgar Day – one of the most important moments for HMS Victory, the most-famous warship in the world. Still commissioned by the Royal Navy, a ceremony onboard on 21 October is held to mark the anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar.

Britain’s wealth, prosperity and status as a nation were defined by this legendary battle and one which is still celebrated today.

While the skill of the crew and their renowned leader, Vice-Admiral Lord Nelson aided in victory – the battle is also tinged with sadness due to the death of Nelson himself.

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard
24/08/2019

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

Answer to today's earlier question...

How heavy is HMS Victory?

HMS Victory is...

Option 2️⃣ 3556 tons - that's 57 Challenger 2 tanks or 281 buses

That's pretty heavy!

Want to learn a bit more about Victory?

Here's a brief history to get you started...

On 7th May 1765 HMS Victory was floated out of the Old Single Dock in Chatham's Royal Dockyard.

In the years to come, over an unusually long service, she would gain renown leading fleets in the American War of Independence, the French Revolutionary War and the Napoleonic War.

In 1805 she achieved lasting fame as the flagship of Vice-Admiral Nelson in Britain's greatest naval victory, the defeat of the French and Spanish at the Battle of Trafalgar.

For Victory, however, active service did not end with the loss of Nelson. In 1808 she was recommissioned to lead the fleet in the Baltic, but four years later she was no longer needed in this role, and she was relegated to harbour service - serving as a residence, flagship and tender providing accommodation.

In 1922 she was saved for the nation and placed permanently into dry dock where she remains today, visited by 25 million visitors as a museum of the sailing navy and the oldest commissioned warship in the world.

25/07/2019
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

Make time to WOW this summer at HMS Victory, the Royal Navy's oldest commissioned ship...

National Museum of the Royal Navy
23/07/2019

National Museum of the Royal Navy

It's a big day for #HMS Victory today!

The oldest commissioned ship of the Royal Navy was laid down at Historic Dockyard Chatham in 1759 - that's 260 years ago!

In 1805 she took place in the #BattleofTrafalgar and was where Nelson fell.

We're lucky to have such an incredible ship as part of our family of museums.

We're saying a big thank you to those past and present who are involved with her conservation and preservation for future generations to enjoy!

National Museum of the Royal Navy
01/06/2019

National Museum of the Royal Navy

On this day in 1923 it was the official inauguration of the restoration of HMS Victory in Portsmouth Dockyard. With the RM band of the ship Malaya playing 'Rule Britannia', Lady Fremantle, wife of Admiral Sir Sydney Fremantle, ceremonially lowered the supporting cherubs from the figurehead to allow work to start on restoring the bows to their Trafalgar aspect.

National Museum of the Royal Navy
07/05/2019

National Museum of the Royal Navy

🎂 Today is the 254th anniversary of the oldest commissioned warship in the world, HMS Victory. 🎂

She was floated out of the Old Single Dock at Chatham Dockyard on this day in 1765.

She’s had an incredible journey as Nelson’s flagship and her 40th year was spent at the Battle of Trafalgar.

She’s also where Nelson lost his life and you can see the spot where he fell on her top deck.

Now at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard she's ready to teach you all about key moments in British naval history! ⚓️

National Museum of the Royal Navy
22/08/2018

National Museum of the Royal Navy

Inspired by the The News, Portsmouth article on Dockyard Painters we thought it would be nice to see then and now pictures as the work continues in a similar way to keep HMS Victory looking her best.

National Museum of the Royal Navy
17/04/2018

National Museum of the Royal Navy

The two-yearly task of repainting Victory is underway and it’s one of the first jobs for our newly-appointed ship painters, Ken Ferrett and Dave Bishop, who have joined the National Museum’s historic ships’ team.

It’s not as daunting as painting the Forth bridge, but the two-man team use 510 litres of top coat; 33 litres of undercoat and 50 tubes of filler and it will take four months to complete, working five days a week.

The painting preserves the structural integrity of the ship side. Three years ago the National Museum announced a historically accurate re-painting of Victory, in collaboration with expert conservators Crick Smith, University of Lincoln.

It was part of the most comprehensive and forensic programme of conservation work to be done on Victory since she was first installed in dry dock at the heart of Portsmouth Historic Dockyard in the 1920s.

Since then, visitors have seen the ship in the colours she was painted at the time of the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. Careful research has shown that she was painted externally in a combination of pale yellow and dark grey at the time of her famous victory, when Admiral Lord Nelson was fatally wounded. It would have been the Captain, Thomas Hardy, Nelson’s trusted right-hand man, who was responsible for the painting of the ship. Being a man of restricted means, Hardy chose pigments supplied free of charge by the Royal Navy, including lead white and ochre.

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard
20/02/2018

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

Today, The National Museum of the Royal Navy has revealed plans to invest £33 million in Portsmouth over the next two years which will bring a massive boost to the visitor economy.

Developing major new exhibitions and interpretation alongside finalising major museum projects are at the heart of the investment.

It follows the news of a record breaking year for visitor numbers and economic impact figures that state that Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, which is managed by the National Museum, brings £110million p.a. for Portsmouth.

Find out more about the announcement here: https://goo.gl/XPxTVc

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard
28/09/2017

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

Don’t let the weather spoil your day out – with plenty to see and do, indoors and outdoors, seek out adventure wherever you go.

With your All Attraction ticket in hand, step onboard HMS Victory, the Royal Navy’s most famous warship. Take a self-guided tour around the vessel, as you explore the hidden depths and chambers onboard.

Why not visit our new exhibition: Pioneers to Professionals: Women and the Royal Navy? Learn about the fascinating history of the formation of the Women’s Royal Naval Service (WRNS) as you take in the wonderful displays and stories on show.

Find out about Hannah Snell who disguised herself as a man to serve in the Royal Marines and many more naval heroes.

Save 20% when you buy your All Attraction ticket online here: https://goo.gl/G9U36p

22/08/2017
Navy News

Navy News

IT’S mesmerising Monday…

This rather hypnotic animation of HMS Victory has been produced by boffins at BAE as the firm begins a £3m programme of work to re-support the world’s most famous warship from sagging under her own weight
Nelson’s flagship has been sitting in a dry dock in Portsmouth since 1922 supported by 22 steel cradles positioned six metres apart.

It has been well documented that the 252-year-old ship is creeping under her own weight and following a detailed laser scan of 89.25 billion measurements and computer modelling, a new support system has been designed to mimic how the ship would sit in water.

The existing steel blades are placing considerable strain on the hull structure and over the next 18 months will be replaced by 134 15-ft adjustable steel props fitted over two levels. This will completely revolutionise the support system and share the ship’s 2000 tonnes load between them.

Each prop is telescopic and features a cell monitoring the load around the clock and which is easily adjusted.
Andrew Baines, Project Director at The National Museum of the Royal Navy, which now owns and operates the ship said “The hull is moving at a rate of 0.5cm each year, so 20 centimetres over the last 40 years. This is untenable and must be remedied before irreversible damage is done.

“The new support system will cradle the ship much like she would be in water.

“The existing cradles will be removed in stages across the project’s duration and visitors will start to notice a real change in the look of the dry dock.”

BBC Breakfast
20/08/2017

BBC Breakfast

Lord Nelson's flagship HMS Victory meets her new 'little sister' HMS Queen Elizabeth.

The Royal Navy's largest ever vessel has just arrived at her new home in Portsmouth.

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard
18/08/2017

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

With the arrival of HMS Queen Elizabeth yesterday, we've decided we're going to play spot the difference? Can you find the subtle difference between these two images?

16/08/2017
National Museum of the Royal Navy

National Museum of the Royal Navy

We had one of our favourite visitors here today! Great to see you Dan Snow's History Hit. #HMSQueenElizabeth

23/06/2017
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

Preparations for this weekend have already begun. We had our colleagues who are also Reserves, raise the Armed Forces Day flag on Reserves Day; the Royal Marines School of Music rehearsing in the dockyard and armoured vehicles being driven in later today.

Watch the video for a sneaky preview of the Royal Marines School of Music.

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard
09/06/2017
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

BRAVO ZULU! NAUTICAL RESEARCH SUPPORT FOR HMS VICTORY TOPPED AT £1MILLION

History Hit
11/05/2017

History Hit

Today in 1765 the mighty HMS Victory was launched. The single most complex manmade object on Earth at the time. Victory fought the French through decades of war. It was Nelson's last flagship, he was mortally wounded aboard at his greatest victory, Trafalgar.

National Museum of the Royal Navy
01/04/2017

National Museum of the Royal Navy

According to reports from Isle of Wight Radio today, news has it that HMS Victory is to be floated out of her dry dock and into the Solent as a spectator for this year’s Cowes Week.

We can confirm... that reports have been greatly exaggerated and sadly this story is an #AprilFool! However, here’s a little something to show what she might have looked like!”

Ostindiefararen Götheborg
31/03/2017

Ostindiefararen Götheborg

Time flies and it is high time to sign up to join the ship in the dock.
On the 24th of April the Swedish Ship Götheborg will be moved to Gotenius yard and on the 10th of May she will be moved back to the Pier again. During the time in the yard we will do maintenance of the hull. When the ship is back on the pier we will up rigg her and make her beautiful before the summers visitor activities start.

If you are interested to join as a volunteer please send an e-mail to [email protected]

More information: http://www.soic.se/en/volunteers/

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard
06/03/2017

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

One of the most popular questions we get on HMS Victory is “blimey how did the sailors sleep in such close confines on the ship?” when they see a sea of hammocks swinging on the lower gun deck and orlop decks. Up to 600 sailors would have called this their bedroom at any one time…..and yes they were very comfortable!

We have just rehung many of the hammocks after removing them so painters could get into those hard-to-reach places as we decorate the ship in colours reminiscent of her state in 1805.

But there is also another more serious reason for giving the hammocks a blitz. And that is monitoring for pests (and no we don’t mean our much-loved younger visitors!) The humid and increasingly warm environment that the spring and summer months bring means that Victory is a good environment for pest activity. These pests come in all shapes and sizes. One such pest is moth (Tineola bisselliella) which likes to hide in the mattresses and blankets within the hammocks onboard. Team Victory are gearing up to tackle these challenges before the spring and leave no hammock unturned! Make a clean sweep of all our attractions and buy a ticket today http://ow.ly/UdMg309CZVw #nationalspringcleaning

HMS Victory's upper gun deck: thirty 12-pounder cannon.Pic by Maritime Photographic
29/01/2017

HMS Victory's upper gun deck: thirty 12-pounder cannon.

Pic by Maritime Photographic

HMS Victory emerging from the fog... Amazing picture by Portsmouth Historic Dockyard
23/01/2017

HMS Victory emerging from the fog...

Amazing picture by Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

Magnificent Victory
21/01/2017

Magnificent Victory

Truly amazing that men could actually sail such an amazing work of art in all weathers and sea conditions. Hats off to the golden age of sail, the men who built such magnificent ships, and the iron sailors who manned them.

Thank you Nick Robertson‎ for sending this photo of HMS Victory taken in December!
10/01/2017

Thank you Nick Robertson‎ for sending this photo of HMS Victory taken in December!

The sun is setting down over HMS Victory... Pic by : Portsmouth Historic Dockyard
28/11/2016

The sun is setting down over HMS Victory...

Pic by : Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

HMS Victory's cover photo
18/11/2016

HMS Victory's cover photo

An amazing pic of HMS Victory shared by Dave Shull‎! Thank you!
16/11/2016

An amazing pic of HMS Victory shared by Dave Shull‎! Thank you!

Thanks Laura Sinclair for sharing this beautiful picture of HMS Victory!
10/11/2016

Thanks Laura Sinclair for sharing this beautiful picture of HMS Victory!

21/10/2016
Royal Navy

Lieutenant Commander Smith, Commanding Officer of HMS Victory, talks about the the importance of Trafalgar Day in the Royal Navy, and how it is still relevant today.

Lieutenant Commander Smith, Commanding Officer of HMS Victory, talks about the the importance of Trafalgar Day in the Royal Navy, and how it is still relevant today.

Sunny afternoon at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard!
12/10/2016

Sunny afternoon at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard!

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NATIONAL MUSEUM OF THE ROYAL NAVY Portsmouth Historic Dockyard Hm Naval Base Portsmouth, Hampshire
Portsmouth
PO1 3LJ

Opening Hours

Monday 10:00 - 18:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 18:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 18:00
Thursday 10:00 - 18:00
Friday 10:00 - 18:00
Saturday 10:00 - 18:00
Sunday 10:00 - 18:00

Telephone

23-92839766

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My sister has given me her collection of vintage postcards, including these two pictures of HMS Victory.
When will the masts and the rigging be refurbished and be returned to the pride of the Royal Navy?
How much for 2 adults and one child 9yrs old could I wear my garb and my daughter
Do the staff get offended if I was wearing my garb . If I went
To the immortal memory of Admiral Lord Nelson and those who died with him.
Skinner & T’witch had a great time, earlier this year, filming their ‘Nelson’s Brew’ on location in Whitby, Yorkshire. Two of T’witch’s ancestors, Robert and Thomas (Tommy - brothers) served on HMS Victory at The Battle of Trafalgar, alongside Admiral Lord Nelson. They were counted as ‘boys’, on the roll, and worked as ‘powder monkeys’, bringing the powder up to the canon, from below. T’witch is proud of her naval ancestry, and her family have, one way or another, stayed close to the sea ever since. ‘Nelson’s Brew’ was included in Skinner & T’witch’s second album, ‘The Fool’s Journey’, which is available to listen to/download via this link: www.skinnerandtwitch.bandcamp.com/album/the-fools-journey-album Skinner & T'witch are an original, contemporary folk acoustic duo, performing folk, flamenco, and theatre-style songs. Drawing on music-hall and vaudeville traditions, Skinner & T’witch’s show combines comedy and satire with music to stir the soul. Skinner & T’witch have been on the road since 2014; released three albums; and performed widely around the UK. This year they are en route to Australia, and next year again to the US... You can watch other recent videos of some of Skinner & T’witch’s songs via their new You Tube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCshnCO_5ZEZxBE5QPGMjs5w www.skinnerandtwitch.com ‘Skinner & T'witch possess a rare talent that can totally captivate an audience. With witty social commentary, deft comedic timing and a flair for theatrics, they conjure up images of an old English Music Hall performance. Their songs are pleasing in both a melodic and lyrical way. I always look forward to any new releases from Skinner & T'witch as do my listeners’. Dan Alloway, Folk Fury, KTEP, El Paso, Texas www.ents24.com/uk/tour-dates/skinner-and-twitch Videography by Red Lime: www.red-lime.co.uk Sound Recorded at The Billiard Room Studio by RRS Music: www.rrsmusic.com/studio/studio.html Special thanks to The Captain Cook Memorial Museum, Whitby: www.cookmuseumwhitby.co.uk Special thanks also to The Bark Endeavour, Whitby: www.endeavourwhitby.com https://youtu.be/Hw5UZjAPGXs
Very disappointed with our visit this morning. No audio tours, apparently people have had problems although they were available on Sunday! No information boards at all to read, only a very few guides on board to talk to - one per deck. Walked round with no idea of any if the history at all. I have been before and the audio tour was brilliant, this was my husbands first visit and we are both very disappointed, it’s such an iconic shop but we have walked away knowing nothing about it.
Great picture.
Skinner & T'witch had a fun and fabulous time playing at the excellent Folk on the Farm a couple of weekends ago, at Tyddyn Mon Farm, Anglesey, Wales. A big thank you to Peter Simmonds for this super video of Skinner & T’witch singing their ‘Nelson’s Brew’, from their second album, ‘The Fool’s Journey’, released in April 2017. Nelson’s Brew is a tribute to T’witch’s late father, John, who deeply admired Admiral Lord Nelson, came from a naval family, and was delighted, just a few years ago, to discover that there were in fact two Twitchett ancestors (boys, Robert - 16 years old - and Thomas - 12 years old), serving as ‘powder monkeys’ on HMS Victory at the Battle of Trafalgar, and who are central to this song. Thomas, or ‘Tommy’, was the youngest serving seaman on HMS Victory at Trafalgar. Skinner & T'witch are an original, contemporary folk acoustic duo, performing folk, flamenco, and theatre-style songs. Drawing on music-hall and vaudeville traditions, Skinner & T’witch’s show combines comedy and satire with music to stir the soul. Skinner & T’witch have been on the road since 2014; released three albums; performed widely around the UK; and recently visited the States. This year they are en route to Australia... You can watch other recent videos of some of Skinner & T’witch’s songs, by Peter Simmonds and by Red Lime Videography, including another video of ‘Nelson’s Brew’, via their new You Tube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCshnCO_5ZEZxBE5QPGMjs5w www.skinnerandtwitch.com 'If you get the chance to see them anywhere, please do yourself a favour, grab it with both hands'. Marianne Doig, Leith Folk Club www.ents24.com/uk/tour-dates/skinner-and-twitch https://youtu.be/F_X4-HzaG2I
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My favourite mug has finally cracked. Was given this by the Royal Navy when I was a student nurse on victory ward in Portsmouth Christmas 1995.