HMS Trincomalee bicentenary appeal event on INS Tarkash

INS Tarkash served as a superb backdrop as 120 people supported an event in aid of HMS Trincomalee's bicentenary appeal.


First Sea Lord Admiral Sir Philip Jones


Our Chairman Sir Jonathon Band


HMS Trincomalee President Euan Houstoun with Secretary of State for Defence, Sir Michael Fallon


Guests of INS Tarkash included the Secretary of State for Defence, the First Sea Lord, Indian High Commissioner and a range of other supporters.

Tarkash was moored at Canary Wharf  which provided a specular backdrop for the night. Speeches and a band provided entertainment. The evening ended with a beautiful sunset ceremony where the ship's flag was lowered. HMS Trincomalee President Colonel Euan Houstoun hosted the event, supported by the Fundraising Team. Also in attendance were our Chairman Sir Jonathon Band, Prof Dominic Tweddle and John Rawlinson.

There will be further events nearer the anniversary date for the bicentenary in Hartlepool.

Here is an excerpt from Sir Jonathon’s speech:

It is an important year for HMS Trincomalee, 200 years old, the bicentenary of one of the world’s oldest warships afloat.

She marks an important transition between HMS Victory and HMS Warrior 1860 – both of which are part of our fleet – and she’s also associated with Nelson, for many the greatest naval figure of all time. She was built in 1817, at the end of a long period of conflict and after Admiral Nelson’s victory over the French and Spanish at the Battle of Trafalgar. Trincomalee never saw combat and the period of peace in which she worked saw great advances in the Royal Navy, both technical and organisational. She travelled over 100,000 miles all over the world, in extreme climates, and undertook duties that included policing, protection and exploration.
Restoration was a mammoth task. In 1986 it was first suggested that the ship might be restored in Hartlepool, a former centre of shipbuilding, a year later, the ship was carried by barge to Hartlepool from Portsmouth. In March 1990 the HMS Trincomalee Trust began work on the massive task of restoring the ship to her original 1817 configuration.

Trincomalee is now afloat in the dock she was restored in, surrounded by a recreated historic quay. There is more to be done but that’s for another day.Her acquisition marks our ambitions as a truly national museum in the north of England.

We can use her to achieve so much, to attract hard to reach audiences, continue the legacy of Hartlepool’s great history of shipbuilding, community development and economic regeneration.

The bicentenary will highlight the importance of Trincomalee and Royal Navy heritage in today’s society using various different platforms including education and learning, events and partnerships with local, national and international businesses. Above all the ship will allow The National Museum of the Royal Navy to reach a new generation of museum users in the north east of England, whilst ensuring that it remains the key player in naval heritage in the future. 

If you haven’t seen her, I urge you to do so.


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