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HMS Warrior

HMS Warrior

Britain’s first iron-hulled, armoured battleship. Launched in 1860, at a time of empire when Britain’s dominance in trade and industry was undisputed. Powered by steam and sail, Warrior was the largest, fastest and most powerful warship of her day having a lasting influence on naval architecture and design. Work and life on board reflected the changes the Royal Navy experienced as it evolved into a professional service and the shifts in Victorian society.

Built to counter the latest French battleship, Warrior was, in her time, the ultimate deterrent. Yet by igniting a new era in naval technology, she soon became outdated. 



Key Facts

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Groundbreaking Innovation

The fastest and most powerful warship in centuries


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36 Guns

The first warship to use  percussion fuse shells

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Zero Battles

HMS Warrior kept the peace by deterring potential enemies


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90k Sea Miles

Patroled British coastal waters and made voyages to Lisbon and Gibraltar


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700 Man Crew

Manpower was essential for the guns, the sails, capstans, ropes and the engine.


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160 Years

HMS Warrior is the last of the 45 iron-hulled ships built between1861 and 77











Plan your visit

Plan Your Visit

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard is open all year round from 10am every day. The Historic Dockyard is a place to bring the family, celebrate birthdays and special occasions. You can also enjoy weekends, holidays and days off, having quality time out in good company.

Plan your upcoming visit to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard with our handy guide, which contains everything you will need to know, before you arrive and while you’re here.

 Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, Victory Gate,                                       HM Naval Base, Portsmouth PO1 3LJ
 Opening times: 10am – 5pm





The National Museum of the Royal Navy is committed to preserving the pride of Queen Victoria's fleet, HMS Warrior. 

As Britain’s first iron-hulled, armoured battleship, HMS Warrior represents the innovation and might of the Royal Navy. 





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Dive into the museum from the comfort of your home with a virtual self-guided tour of the Museum's collections.

Step aboard Admiral Lord Nelson’s flagship or join our curators as they explore artefacts through out the history of the Royal Navy. 






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