Portsmouth-based historic ship to play key role in national commemoration of the Centenary of the Gallipoli and ANZAC Campaigns.

M33 in Mudros

Prime Minister David Cameron today (14th November)  announced Government plans to mark the Centenary of the Gallipoli Campaign, one of the major engagements of the First World War and The National Museum of the Royal Navy’s HMS M.33 at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard will play a key role in one of three national and international events planned.

An event at the National Museum of the Royal Navy, Portsmouth on 6th August 2015 will focus on the opening of M33, the last surviving ship from the Gallipoli campaign which is currently being refurbished thanks to funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).  The Centenary commemorations will coincide with the completion of the ship’s refurbishment and will aim to engage young people and contribute to the educational aims of the commemorative programme.

The HLF awarded £1.75million earlier this year to restore and open the ship to visitors for the first time in its history.  She will be the only British warship from the First World War to be open to the public during the Gallipoli Centenary next year.

Professor Dominic Tweddle, Director-General National Museum of the Royal Navy said:  “HMS M.33 is a small ship but has a big history. We are thrilled that Portsmouth and the National Museum of the Royal Navy will be centre stage during this very important centenary year and we are delighted that HLF funding will enable us to open the ship to visitors.  Finally we’ll be able to share the story of her part in the Gallipoli Campaign and ensure that she is a permanent reminder that the First World War took place at sea just as much as on land’

Commemorating Gallipoli – the HMS M.33 Project’ is part of the National Museum of the Royal Navy’s wider ‘Great War At Sea 1914 – 1918’ programme to mark the Royal Navy’s First World War. It will be also accompanied by the special exhibition, ‘Gallipoli: Myth and Memory’ opening in March 2015. 

Nelson's funeral barge

The funeral barge used to transport Nelson’s body down the Thames is preserved at the NMRN.