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  • Friday, 7 July 2017 - 9:59am

    A rare portrait of a midshipman, a veteran of the Battle of Trafalgar, has been acquired by The National Museum of the Royal Navy with support from Art Fund and an anonymous, generous charitable trust.

    What marks the portrait as out of the ordinary is that it is a very rare depiction of a midshipman, a young junior officer, at the time of Vice Admiral Lord Nelson. The museum only has one other oil portrait of a midshipman within its collections.

    Painted by accomplished portraitist George Henry Harlow (1787-1819) when he was just 18-years-old, the work shows John...

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  • Wednesday, 28 June 2017 - 11:38am

    A question we are often asked at the museum is how many men were on board, and who were they?  The muster roll for HMS Victory is held in the archives at the library here at the National Museum of the Royal Navy. It names all the crew of the ship at the Battle of Trafalgar, each man on the list being awarded prize money for the enemy ships destroyed or captured during the battle.  Besides Lord Nelson and Captain Hardy, there are 820 crew on this list.

    This list also includes men who were killed during battle, and their share of prize money would have been paid to their families.  ...

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  • Friday, 9 June 2017 - 10:13am

    ‘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...

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  • Thursday, 8 June 2017 - 4:39pm

    Although you won't see a 21-Gun Salute you will definitely be able to hear it!

    1. The firing of gun salutes is a very old custom which appears to have originated in the early days of sail. Ships, when on good will visits to foreign ports, discharged all their guns to seaward on arrival thus indicating to the authorities ashore that their guns were empty and their visit peaceful.
       
    2. Gun Salutes always consist of an odd number of rounds; the firing of an even number of rounds in olden days was always reserved for occasions of mourning. A salute is referred to as, for...
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  • Friday, 2 June 2017 - 3:44pm

    HMS Caroline, the only First World War Battle of Jutland ship still afloat is to reopen on July 1 following successful completion of winter repairs, and the installation of an ingenious engineering solution to make it safe for visitors, says The National Museum of the Royal Navy

    One of the most innovative engineering projects ever seen in Ireland is approaching completion at Alexandra Dock in Belfast, home to HMS Caroline, now a five-star heritage tourism attraction.

    The ship, which was fully restored and opened to the public on May 31 2016, through £15,086,100 backing from...

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  • Thursday, 25 May 2017 - 11:47am

    Over 150 people have supported a crowdfunding campaign to save a sole surviving coastal motor boat from the Second World War.

    The National Museum of the Royal Navy had just three weeks to secure £6000 to transport the 55-foot coastal motor boat CMB 331 to Gosport where she will be housed next to Explosion Museum of Naval Firepower and conserved by a team of experts. 

    The campaign got a welcome boost from BAE Systems who donated an additional £1000 just as it closed this week.

    David Mitchard, BAE Systems Managing Director, said: “Preserving the heritage of our armed...

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HMS Hermes returning from the Falklands