HMS VICTORY and Lord Nelson
The VICTORY was launched 1765 in the navy yard of Chatham. From the start this ship of the line was equipped with 100 cannons, but found her first employment only in 1778 in the battle near Ouessant against the French. Afterwards there were several sea-engagements in shorter sequence, 1781 again Ouessant, followed by 1782 at Gibraltar, 1793 at Toulon, 1794 at Corsica and 1797 at Cape Sao Vicente.
On 18 May 1803 she became the flagship of admiral Horatio Nelson. He achieved two years later, on 21 October 1805, in the battle of Trafalgar the probably most important victory in the naval history of England.
In 1922 the VICTORY was laid into a dry dock at Portsmouth and has been open for visitors since. Despite all changes in the long history of the ship and the numerous repairs, today she still holds many of the original woods from 1765. More information on the ship you get from HMS Victory, the official website of the National Museum of the Royal Navy.
On a visit to Portsmouth in 2007 I took many
photos of the ship in dry dock.
The VICTORY ship model, photos, description and dimensions
This excellent model of the VICTORY is a beautiful and elegant masterpiece. All details of rigging and hull are exquisitely worked out, e.g. the underwater part of the hull has 2500 copper plates. The sails are clewed like when the ship dropped anchor, before the sails were tightly furled. The model was made in thousands of work hours by a very experienced ship modeller.
The ship model is 1 : 50 scale. Length is 196 cm, width 69 cm, height 139 cm.