Bravo Zulu! Nautical Research Support for HMS Victory Topped at £1million

‘We are remarkably fortunate in having such generous and constant support in our task of ensuring the survival of this famous ship.” These are the words of our Director General Professor Dominic Tweddle as he witnessed the handover of a cheque for £100,000 from the Society of Nautical Research this week towards the ongoing restoration of HMS Victory.

Since 1994 the Society’s Save the Victory fund, which was launched in 1922, has given the ship over £1,262,000. Dominic Tweddle continued: “The dedication of the Society for Nautical Research is a great encouragement to us in our important stewardship of this great vessel. We are delighted that members gather in the Museum for their annual general meeting and then dine on board the ship which they have done so much to preserve’.”

Admiral Sir Philip Jones, First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff, who was on hand to accept the cheque on our behalf said: “HMS Victory is recognisable around the world as a symbol of Britain’s maritime heritage, and for those of us serving in the Royal Navy today, a symbol of the values and standards that continue to guide us. We are very grateful to the Society for Nautical Research for its initiative after the First World War in raising the funds which allowed HMS Victory to be brought into dry dock at Portsmouth. But for their efforts the Victory might well have been lost to the nation.”

The Society for Nautical Research was founded in 1910 to encourage research into all aspects of seafaring and shipbuilding in all ages and among all nations.  The Society’s international journal is The Mariner’s Mirror ‘wherein may be discovered his Art, Craft & Mystery’ For further details about the Society of Nautical Research please visit www.snr.org.uk

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