Class: First Rate Ship of the Line
Launched: May 1765
At: Chatham, Kent England
Commissioned: February 1778
Length: 277 feet 6 inches
Beam: 52 feet
Draft: 25 feet
Displacement: 2,162 tons
Armament: 100 Guns (Cannon and Carronade)
HM Naval Base
Hampshire, PO1 3NH
Tel: (+44) 2392 723111 (International) 02392 723111 (UK)
Fax: (+44) 2392 723171 (International) 02392 723171 (UK)
Latitude: 50.8018122578, Longitude: -1.1096405983
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HMS Victory stands today as the world’s oldest commissioned warship. Still manned by Officers and Ratings of the Royal Navy, the Victory has seen over 225 years of almost continuous naval service.
Best known for her role in the Battle of Trafalgar, the Victory currently has a dual role as the flagship of the Commander-in-Chief Naval Home Command and as a living museum to the Georgian navy.
Launched in 1765 at Chatham Dockyard, the Victory was commissioned in 1778 and continued in active service for the next 34 years. In 1812 the Victory was retired from frontline duty and anchored in Portsmouth Harbor, on the south coast of England. For the next 110 years the Victory remained at her moorings in Portsmouth Harbor fulfilling a combination of practical and ceremonial roles.
In 1922, amid fears for her continued survival, the Victory was moved into Portsmouth’s Royal Naval Dockyard and placed in No. 2 Dry Dock. Work then began on restoring the Victory to her ‘fighting’ 1805 condition.
Open to the public all year round, HMS Victory allows the visitor to explore the world of the Georgian navy, experiencing both the ship herself and the lives of the men who lived within her ‘wooden world’.