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HMS Victory – launched in 1765 – is the oldest commissioned warship today and is the Flagship of the Second Sea Lord, Commander-in-Chief of the Naval Home Command, Royal Navy.
A survivor of the Battle of Trafalgar (1805) the 104-gunship continues to be restored by the Royal Navy with assistance from the Society for Nautical Research and rests at her at her moorings in the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, England. Still manned by Officers and Ratings of the Royal Navy, HMS Victory is the only remaining 18th century “First Rate Ship of the Line” anywhere in the world and will be returned to her Trafalgar configuration and condition – a project that was begun in 1922.
Designed by Thomas Slade, the Senior Surveyor of the Navy, Victory’s keel was laid down in Chatham in July, 1759 and she was launched six years later. This long period of weathering meant that the hull timbers were well seasoned - which is probably the main reason why she has survived so long. She was commissioned only in 1778, but soon became the most successful First Rate ship ever built. Her excellent sailing qualities made her a very popular choice for use by Admirals as their flagship. Admirals Keppel, Kemperfelt, Howe and Jervis all used her prior to Admiral Lord Nelson when he was Commander-in-Chief of the Mediterranean Fleet. Even after the Battle of Trafalgar she continued her active career and was involved in two Baltic campaigns under Admiral Saumarez.
Her active career completed in 1812, she was then moored in Portsmouth Harbour off Gosport for 110 years fulfilling a number of different roles. By 1921 the ship was in a very poor state of repair and it was then that the British Government agreed that HMS Victory should be saved to be a lasting reminder to the Nation of Admiral Lord Nelson, The Battle of Trafalgar, and the Royal Navy's supremacy in the days of sail.
The lines of the Victory are based on those of the Royal George which was launched in 1756. Building costs at the time were £63,176. For comparison, this would be equivalent to the cost of building an aircraft carrier today.
The ship is a four-masted schooner. Her masts - from bow to stern - are: the bowsprit, the fore mast, the main mast and the mizzen mast. Victory was constructed from about 6,000 trees, 90% of which were oak. This equates to 100 acres of woodland. The hull - which is two feet thick at the waterline - is composed of oak, elm and fir timbers. Masts and yards are made of fir, pine and spruce. BeLignum Vitae was used in small quantities for various applications.
Twenty-six miles of cordage and 768 blocks - made from elm or ash - rigs the ship. A further 628 blocks control the guns. Many other blocks were carried for the ground tackle, the ship's boats, storing and spares. 216 deadeyes were also used on the standing rigging.
Victory could spread a maximum of 37 sails for a total sail area of 6,510 square yards. In addition, the ship carried 23 spare sails. She was one of the fastest "first rate ships of the line" at her time, and had excellent handling abilities. In general wind conditions and sail configuration she could reach a maximum speed of 8-9 knots.
In 1780 the bottom of the ship below the waterline was sheathed with 3,923 sheets of copper plating (each plate measured 4 feet by14 inches) to protect her hull against the dreaded ship worm (teredo navalis). Victory was one of the fastest first rate ships of the line at her time, and had excellent handling abilities. In general wind conditions and sail configuration she could reach a maximum speed of 8-9 knots Her fastest recorded speed was 11 knots.
Armament and Crew at Trafalgar
Forecastle: 2-12 pounder (medium range) and 2-68 pounder carronades
Including Vice Admiral Nelson, there were 821 men on
board the Victory at the battle of Trafalgar ranging from 12 to 67 years
of age. Included was a detachment of 146 marines from the Chatham division.
Some 22 different nationalities were represented on board the Victory at
Trafalgar - even France. Casualties during the battle were 57 dead and 102
wounded. Trafalgar can be considered to be the most decisive naval battle
in history - both tactically and strategically. It not only eliminated Napoleon's
plans to invade England, but had also destroyed French naval power and ensured
the dominance of the British navy throughout the world for centuries to
1959 - Keel laid
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