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. She is most famous as Lord Nelson's flagship at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805.

Operating as usual

Timeline Photos

Timeline Photos

We can’t wait to welcome visitors back on Monday, they will see HMS Victory in a new light.

The main lower mast has been removed temporarily for condition assessment and conservation. But the ship remains FULLY OPEN plus we have an amazing new gallery which tells the story of this extraordinary survivor, and our stunning dry dock walkway.

In a highly complex three-day engineering challenge, the next crucial step in our 20-year conservation project was completed.

We know how strongly our visitors feel about Victory being without masts, but it is essential to complete this next stage of conservation, so she can remain open for the next 250 years.

To learn more about this incredible engineering feat read the full article:

#NMRN #HMSVictory #Conservation #Preservation

National Museum of the Royal Navy

National Museum of the Royal Navy

During the lockdown period an important conservation project remained underway underneath HMS Victory.

Since 2013 we have been working in collaboration with BAE Systems to create a world first support system that will make Victory ‘afloat again’.

This one-of-a-kind support system features 134 props that replicate the environment of being in water. Designed by BAE, each prop contains a load cell which monitors the ship’s weight and distribution on a minute by minute basis and mimics the variable pressures of the sea. More importantly these props provide early warnings of any faults and weaknesses allowing us to fix any issues promptly and better protect this historic ship.

This really is a unique endeavour for a very unique ship. Check back tomorrow to find out more about this impressive restoration project.

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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:

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

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:

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

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

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?

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

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
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard


History Hit

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

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

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:

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

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 #nationalspringcleaning

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

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

HMS Victory emerging from the fog...

Amazing picture by Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

Magnificent Victory

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!

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

The sun is setting down over HMS Victory...

Pic by : Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

HMS Victory's cover photo

HMS Victory's cover photo

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

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

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

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


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

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Tuesday 10am - 6pm
Wednesday 10am - 6pm
Thursday 10am - 6pm
Friday 10am - 6pm
Saturday 10am - 6pm
Sunday 10am - 6pm




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Hello there. Just a general question for the group. Does anyone know off hand, what's the oldest surviving photograph of HMS Victory?? Or when it was taken? Thanks!!
I have had some good responses about my HMS Victory's mistake post. Some people have mentioned that my rendition of Nelson's famous signal was wrong? Can any of you Nelson nerds put me right on that? The picture shows the flag groups I have flying for "England Expects" which I'm sure were correct, but I may have got them flying on the wrong masts. Also, I do know that during the battle Nelsons' most famous signal had been hauled down and his favorite one replaced it, "engage the enemy more closely." Thanks for your help and enthusiastic responses.
Here is a challenge for the real sailors amongst, who know their history. Below are five pictures of a model of HMS Victory I made some years ago. In more recent times, to bring the model ‘alive,’ I purchased over a hundred ‘Hornby Railway People’ of the same scale, cut off their bowler hats and brief-cases and painted them Navy and Marine colors. I have then arranged them on deck and in the rigging as they may have been during the Battle of Trafalgar. I have even got Admiral Lord Nelson lying on the deck wounded with a crowd around him, about to pick him up and carry him into the Orlop deck where he eventually died. I sometimes sit and look at the model, imagining the actual ship and wondering at the technology of those times, that they could build a wooden ship, propelled by canvas sails that could, with 800 men crammed into her, sail around the world and beat superior numbers of French and Spanish ships in every battle. The reason I have posted this now, is because today, I have noticed that I have made a little historical error in my presentation of the scene, so wonder how many of you are historically savvy enough to spot it. There is a prize of my tot for a week for the person who spots the mistake first.
The latest issue of The Trafalgar Times is free on Kindle (Amazon store) for the next 3 days. Among the articles this quarter is one on the new dock bottom walk under HMS Victory, some book reviews, educational resources and more. Get it free while you can :) The first volume with several ship and museum reviews is also on sale. All proceeds go to sending out free copies and books to schools.
While the current extended repair program to HMS Victory is ongoing and the ship is without its upper masts and rigging, the lower masts remain, though are thought to have contributed to the present damage to the vessel. Visiting 'Victory' in 2012, before the repairs and restoration work began, I noted a short section of one of the masts on display on one of the lower decks. While this section must have been removed at a much earlier date, it is evident that the mast was not made from a single piece of timber. Whether original or a later addition, the horseshoe reminds us of the sailors' superstition and the fact most ships had a horseshoe nailed to the mast. Would like to learn more from the Dockyard.
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Any ideas yet as to when the ship/museum will open again? Thank you
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