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Last of Nelson’s frigates, HMS Trincomalee, joins illustrious fleet of National Museum of the Royal Navy

HMS Trincomalee, Hartlepool, oldest British warship still afloat, joins the National Museum of the Royal Navy

HMS Trincomalee, Britain’s oldest warship still afloat, is pleased to announce that it will become a full subsidiary of the National Museum of the Royal Navy (NMRN).


The move brings the warship, the last of Admiral Lord Nelson’s frigates, into the ever-growing fleet of historic ships under the care of the NMRN which includes the world famous HMS Victory, HMS Caroline, the sole survivor from the Battle of Jutland in 1916 and the newly refurbished  HMS Alliance, the UK’s only surviving British WW2 era submarine.


Details of the final agreement are yet to be finalised however John Megson, the Chairman of HMS Trincomalee Trust, warmly welcomed the news: “We are delighted to join the considerable firepower of the NMRN family. It demonstrates just how important HMS Trincomalee is, that she can hold her own alongside such illustrious ships.”


“It is highly significant for the long term future of the ship and will bring some very real benefits to Hartlepool’s visitor economy and, we hope, a much-welcomed boost to visitor numbers since we will be able to market her as part of a national brand, thereby attracting many more visitors to the site. “ 


Director General of the National Museum of the Royal Navy, Professor Dominic Tweddle explains: “HMS Trincomalee is a historic ship of national importance, it is therefore right and fitting that she join with the National Museum of the Royal Navy to ensure that the broad history of the Royal Navy is accessible and available to all. She joins ships and collections throughout the UK and we look forward to working closely with the Trust to ensure that as many visitors as possible can enjoy this maritime gem.”


HMS Trincomalee in Hartlepool is in the Core Collection of the National Register of Historic Vessels of the United Kingdom because of her importance to the maritime heritage of the UK and has the proud claim of being the oldest British warship still afloat. Built in Bombay, India in 1817, the Trincomalee was brought to Hartlepool in 1987, where it took over 10 years to restore the ship to her former glory. She is now the premier attraction at the Hartlepool’s Maritime Experience, attracting in the region of 50,000 visitors a year.


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