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Pre-booking is advised, and visitors must wear masks for their safety and the safety of others, unless exempt.

HMS Caroline remains temporarily closed. Find The Latest COVID-19 Updates Here.


LEGO Shipbuilding 2014 Winners

Wednesday 19th February saw 593 shipbuilders and shipbuilding assistants (adults) head down to the Learning Centre in the National Museum of the Royal Navy Portsmouth to design and build a new fleet of ships.  A huge amount of creativity of flair was seen and everyone had a great time. After final tinkering, the ships were entered into our shipbuilding competition, judged by Lt. Cdr. Rod Strathearn, Commanding Officer of HMS Victory and his officers, who popped in throughout the day to see how everyone was getting on. They have sent you all this special message:

“We onboard HMS Victory are very impressed with all the entries and enjoyed watching the construction of the LEGO fleet of 2014. Deciding on the winners was very difficult and took a long time. This year, we have also included a special mention to some entries for their brilliant ideas on what their ships could do, although there can only be 3 prizes per age group. Congratulations to all the winners and very well done to all that took part. We hope to see you all back again next year!”

Once again, the entrants have been divided equally into two age categories- Seven years old & under and Eight years old and over….and the results are in…

Seven years old and under

1st Goes to  Emily and Arthur  for their Rocksome wheels (Number 13) with its stealthy design and amphibious wheels.


2nd .  Goes to Spencer  for HMS Boreas (Number 105). HMS Victory really liked the idea of a slimmed down hovercraft for speed and the two figureheads on the sides


3rd  Goes to Emile for St Emilios (Number 97) with the cables in the water for listening, an underwater camera and a net for catching things.


Eight Years and Over


1st goes to  Jeremy, for  St JJB (Number 90) for their great shape, use of solar panels and, very importantly, for thinking about having a lifeboat. Well done.



2nd goes to Ryan for Number 151 for designing a ship with several unique compartments and a nice big radar and PA system. This ship could be used in so many different ways.



3rd goes to Miamh for The awesome  (Number 33), a ship with a fire beacon on top of the mainmast to warn other ships of dangers and for having a ships cat to keep the crew company. A little ship but with a very important job to do.



Each of our winners will receive a special LEGO set prize and the Museum will be in touch shortly.

Before we sign off LEGO shipbuilding for this year, we would like to salute the following ship designs for having some very exciting ideas…


  • Freya thought of everyone’s comfort when she gave the driver of her ship a massage chair at the helm (Number 87).


  • Shayne for his design of HMS Indestrucible, a totally indestructible ship that only weighs 22kgs! Genius! (Number 150)


  • And finally, to Charlie the designer of the Litter-nator who is out to keep the planet clean. Charlie’s ship scoops up all the rubbish from the sea to keep wildlife safe.



Keep up the good work, shipbuilders!


Join us on 6th August for our next LEGO activity, HMS Inventions and Innovations and don’t forget  that our new HMS exhibition will open on the 3rd of April, telling the story of the Royal Navy from the start of the 20th century to the present day.

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