• Wednesday, 18 September 2019 - 10:11am

    Tributes have been paid to The National Museum of the Royal Navy benefactor Honorary Vice-Admiral Sir Donald Gosling KCVO who has died.

    In 2012 HMS Victory was transferred from the Ministry of Defence (MoD) into the care of the HMS Victory Preservation Trust, a part of the National Museum. The transfer of Vice-Admiral Lord Nelson’s flagship, which led the fleet to victory at the Battle of Trafalgar 1805 and is the oldest commissioned warship in the world, was made possible by the gift of two endowments: £25million from the Ministry of Defence and an extraordinarily generous £...

  • Wednesday, 7 August 2019 - 3:44pm

    1. William CrickBoy Telegraphist



    William Crick was born in Surrey in 1899 and joined the Royal Navy in 1914. He arrived on board HMS Caroline in 1915, when he was only 16 years old where he became a Boy Telegraphist. His job was to decipher the relentless messages of Morse code coming through to HMS Caroline and write everything down so that the cypher team could decode it. William Crick remained on...

  • Monday, 5 August 2019 - 10:31am

    Mini sailors stormed the new play ship at the National Museum of the Royal Navy as soon as it was launched on Friday 2 August 2019.

    Rope ladders were scaled, swings flown high, carousels whizzed round and pirates escaped down slides as the ship set sail for foreign shores. 

    Toddlers loved their very own mini sailing ship complete with slides and ladders of their own.  The low-level, inclusive carousel which accommodates wheelchairs was also a big hit.

    Emily Wallace (5) from Billingham said: “I liked the big yellow slide because we went very very fast!”.


  • Tuesday, 23 July 2019 - 4:39pm

    1. Engine Rooms

    ‘Our favourite part was the engine room - the darkness, the sound effects and vibrations all felt so real!’

    Did you know that the engine room on board HMS Caroline is still accessible to walk around today? Complete with rumbling sound effects, creative lighting it feels like the engines are still alive today and it really gives you a sense of what it was like for sailors who worked in this space.


    2. Mess Deck Café

    ‘While having a cup of tea in the old mess hall I could almost hear the...

  • Thursday, 27 June 2019 - 3:00pm

    Ahoy me hearties! Are you looking for some swash-buckling adventures for the whole family? Well then, get ready to set sail for HMS Caroline this summer!

    Explore the ship as you experience life at sea over 100 years ago. Test your own sea legs and hop on board for, ‘the best experience in Belfast’!

    This summer, our pirate takeover trail starting on 6th July will test your treasure hunting skills as you find all the clues hidden throughout HMS Caroline to receive a certificate at the end of your visit!

    Kicking off the summer we have the Pirate Lego Trail on the 6th...

  • Tuesday, 11 June 2019 - 2:18pm

    This week, specialist divers and archaeologists completed an operation to retrieve the wreckage of a 1943 Fairey Barracuda Torpedo Bomber (believed to be No. BV739) - just in time for the 75th anniversary of D-Day. The three-seater plane, part of 810 Squadron Royal Navy Air Station, based at Lee-On-Solent is believed to have got into difficulty shortly after taking off for its test flight before crashing 500m from the coast in Portsmouth.

    It was found by National Grid engineers last summer during a seabed survey ahead of the construction of new subsea electricity cable between...


HMS Hermes returning from the Falklands