Royal Naval Museum

Visitor looking at portraits of Naval Officers from the Nineteenth Century

Children trying the Yardarm interactive

Picture of a diorama

Sailing Navy Gallery

Housed in a splendidly restored C18th Naval storehouse - complete with original floor made from timbers taken from captured French and Spanish ships. The gallery is dedicated to Captain Kenneth Douglas-Morris who presented many naval medals and other memorabilia to the Museum.

The exhibition offers an entirely new view of the Sailing Navy, based on the very latest research. It challenges the traditional view that life in the great sailing warships was 'Hell Afloat' and offers a more balanced picture. Interactive and very much 'hands-on', it is specially designed to engage the interest and imagination of visitors of all ages and abilities.

Key displays include:

The 74 gun ship - a computer interactive which enables you to take command of a sailing warship and sail her into battle.

Have you got scurvy? A light-hearted look at how this key health problem was eventually solved by the Royal Navy.

Hand-to-hand fighting - A chance to feel the hand weapons used on board and to see how they were used.

The hidden messages of portraits - a display of some of the Museum's fine portraits of naval officers with a sound and light show revealing the hidden 'messages' they contain.

The Yardarm - for younger visitors to learn how to furl and reef a sail. (please see our advisory note for parents)

'Shining examples' - a computer database featuring some of the key medals in the Museum's unique collection.

Find out more about the Sailing Navy from our FAQs and find out which object is Warder's Choice

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