HMS Victory Chronology

Key dates in HMS Victory's naval career
 
1759 - Keel laid down in old single dock, Chatham 23 July.
1765 - Launched 7 May. Dimensions: 186’ x 52’. Laid up in ordinary at Chatham.
1778 – First Commission. Flagship of Admiral Keppel in action with d’Orvilliers off Ushant.
1779 - Flagship of Vice Admiral Sir Charles Hardy.
1780 – Hull sheathed in copper. Flagship of Admiral Geary and then Admiral Drake
1781 - Flagship of Vice Admiral Hyde Parker and Rear Admiral Kempenfelt. Capture of French convoy off Ushant.
1782 - Flagship of Lord Howe. Present at sinking of the Royal George at Spithead; boats from Victory used to save survivors. Relief of Gibraltar.
1783 - Paid off at Portsmouth.
1790 - Flagship of Lord Howe and Lord Hood
1793 - Present at the reduction of Toulon.
1794 - Present at sieges of Calvi and Bastia.
1795 - Flagship of Rear Admiral Man, Vice Admiral Linzee and Admiral Sir John Jervis.
1797 - Battle of Cape St Vincent, nearly wrecked in Lagos Bay. Blockade of Cadiz. Paid off and struck from Navy List.
1798-99 - Hospital ship for prisoners of war.
1800-1803 - Underwent large refit at Chatham totalling £23,500.
1803-05 - Flagship of Vice Admiral Lord Nelson. Blockades of Toulon and Cadiz. Battle of Trafalgar.
1808 - Flag of Admiral Saumarez. Operations in Baltic.
1809 - Brought home part of Sir John Moore’s army from Corunna.
1811 - Flag of Rear Admiral Sir Joseph Yorke.
1812 - Paid off in December.
1813-16 - Rebuilt. Brass tablet “Here Nelson Fell” added to quarterdeck.
1816-24 - In ordinary at Portsmouth.
1823 – Guardship at Portsmouth.
1824-69 - Flagship of Port Admiral, Portsmouth.
1869-88 - Tender to HMS Duke of Wellington.
1888 - Refit.
1889 - Present day – Flagship of Commander in Chief, Portsmouth (now 2nd Sea Lord)
1903 - Rammed by HMS Neptune and docked to prevent sinking. After repair, returned to harbour mooring.
1905 - Saluting ship “In Company” with St Vincent as boys training ship.
1922 - Berthed in No 2 Dock. “Save the Victory” launched for her restoration and preservation to her Trafalgar condition.
1928 - Restoration completed. Inspection by HM King George V.
1940 - Damaged by German bomb.
1945 - Floodlit for VJ day.
1946 - Personal standard of HRH Princess Elizabeth broken at the main.

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