A £35m HMS Victory project marks the 100th anniversary of the ship being brought into Portsmouth’s dry dock.
Victory was officially opened as a museum ship to the public by King George V on 17 July 1928 and has since welcomed more than 30 million visitors.
The ship’s custodian, the National Museum of the Royal Navy, has ambitious plans for the next conservation step of Lord Nelson’s celebrated survivor from the Battle of Trafalgar.
This year the National Museum will begin the next phase of major conservation works to Victory, intended to ensure the ship is protected for the next half century. Rotting planking will be removed from the hull and replaced with new oak, repairs made to the ship’s structural framework and she will be fully re-rigged. It is estimated that this work will take 10-15 years.
The project will provide visitors with a once-in-a-generation opportunity to see beneath Victory’s skin and experience a First Rate Line-of-Battle ship being taken through a Great Repair.