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HMS Victory - Nelson's Flagship


1759 – Keel laid down in old single dock, Chatham 23 July.

1765 – Launched 7 May. Dimensions: 186’ x 52’. Lay in ordinary at Chatham.

1778 -  Commissioned in May. Flagship of Admiral Keppel in action with d’Orvilliers off Ushant.

1779 – Flagship of Vice Admiral Sir Charles Hardy.

1780 – 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.

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.

1801 – Underwent large refit.

1803 – 05 - Flagship of Vice Admiral Lord Nelson. Blockades of Toulon and Cadiz.   

1805 - 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.

1813-16 – Rebuilt. Brass tablet “Here Nelson Fell” added to quarterdeck.

1816-24 – In ordinary 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.

A reading list for further information is available.

For more information see the HMS Victory website

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The information contained in this information sheet is correct as far as we are able to ascertain from our sources. It is not intended to be an exhaustive or complete history of the subject. Please contact the library for a bibliography of further reading materials, if available

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