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.
There is more information on the ship on HMS Victory, the official website of the National Museum of the Royal Navy.
The VICTORY ship model, photos, description and dimensions HMS VICTORY
This excellent model of the VICTORY was made in 2800 work hours. The ship's power, the impressive lines of the hull and the extensive rigging are exquisitely shown in it. The model shows the VICTORY as she was at Trafalgar, after the extensive refitting two years before. The carronades on the forecastle and the poop have been removed, but the bulwark still had its gun ports.
The ship model stands on a walnut board. The board is slightly fixed to the keel by double-sided adhesive tape, so that the model can be lifted and moved somewhere without the stand board falling down. However, the board can be removed easily if the ship model should be placed into some other stand.
This beautiful ship model is 1 : 72 scale. Length is 138 cm, width 50 cm, height 97 cm.