NMRN Blog

  • Thursday, 1 November 2018 - 9:29am

    Last remaining D-Day tank landing craft to be restored in time for D-Day 75th anniversary year with National Lottery funding.

    Plans to land a 200-foot long D-Day landing craft tank (LCT) on Southsea beach during the 75th anniversary year of the commemorations are secure. The National Museum of the Royal Navy (NMRN) bid to conserve and move LCT 7074 has been backed by a £4.7million National Lottery grant, awarded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

    LCT 7074 is the sole surviving Landing Craft (Tank) from D-Day.  She is one of more than 800 LCTs that took part...

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  • Thursday, 25 October 2018 - 1:25pm

    Hartlepool will be welcoming a unique Second World War survivor, Rescue Motor Launch (RML) 497, after planning permission was granted for her to be located at The National Museum of the Royal Navy Hartlepool.

    RML 497 will undertake her most important journey to date, as she is barged approximately 400 nautical miles by sea from her current resting place on Southampton Water, arriving at Hartlepool marina.
    The 70-tonnes ship will be cradled onto a submersible barge, transported up the east coast and then carefully craned into place alongside the National...

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  • Monday, 22 October 2018 - 12:40pm

    The parish register containing the entry recording the marriage of Admiral Lord Nelson has been brought to the UK from its home in the Caribbean for urgent conservation work. The 190-page register is held in the parish church of St John Figtree on the island of Nevis, where the then Captain Horatio Nelson married Mrs Fanny Nisbet, the widow of an island physician, who later became Viscountess Nelson. The marriage took place in the parish on 11th March 1787 at Montpelier House, the residence of the President of the island.

    At that time, Captain Nelson was commanding...

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  • Thursday, 11 October 2018 - 9:26am

    A major showcase for most important underwater excavation in decades to begin with a call for volunteers

    Since 2017 the £2million underwater excavation of HMS Invincible 1744 by the Maritime Archaeology Sea Trust (MAST) in partnership with Bournemouth University has grabbed the nation’s imagination. A dedicated team of archaeological divers guided by Dan Pascoe, the site’s licensee, has been working against time in the Solent to reveal the wreck’s secrets in what is the country’s most significant maritime archaeology project since the 1980s.


    Now the chance to share the...

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  • Friday, 7 September 2018 - 5:01pm

    HMS Caroline is very pleased to announce the winner of its Photography Competition!

    The worthy winner is Six Mile Images, an amateur photographer based in Northern Ireland.

    Over the summer months, HMS Caroline held a photography competition where visitors to the Alexandra Dock could submit their images via email and Instagram for a chance of winning £1000!

    We received scores of images during the course of the competition and the judges we incredibly impressed with the originality and range of the photographs...

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  • Thursday, 6 September 2018 - 1:13pm

    Since her discovery ten years ago, the wreck of HMS Victory 1744, the predecessor to Nelson’s famous flagship, has captured the imagination of naval enthusiasts and maritime archaeologists.

    Her sinking is one of the Royal Navy’s worst naval disasters. Commanded by Admiral Sir John Balchin, all 1100 crew were lost when she sank during a storm off the coast near Plymouth in 1744.

    She is the only First-Rate ship underwater in such complete condition, and probably the best example of the early Georgian period that carried bronze cannons. The wreck has been almost...

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HMS Hermes returning from the Falklands