HMS Victory


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From The Mail OnLine:

Navy's handover of Lord Nelson's legendary flagship HMS Victory branded 'a tragedy'
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The government today sparked uproar by revealing Lord Nelson's legendary flagship HMS Victory could be given away to a private owner as a cost cutting measure.

The Ministry of Defence revealed the historic 18th century warship may be too expensive to maintain and her funding is currently under review.

This could see her passed to a private firm or given to a charity to save cash, which critics say would be 'a tragedy'.

The MoD argues that increasing budgetary pressures mean it must review Victory's future like any other ship.
More at http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1055349/Navys-handover-Lord-Nelsons-legendary-flagship-HMS-Victory-branded-tragedy.html

Comment: Somebody please tell me this is a joke! If ever there was a warship that rates preservation on the public purse, this is the one.
 
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From All News, Royal Navy Live:

Victory Not For Sale
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HMS Victory will remain part of the Royal Navy. We will not be giving her away or decommissioning the ship. It is currently run by the Navy and retired Navy personnel show the public around the ship.

The consultation is designed to produce a relationship between the RN and any of the options below which secures the necessary funding and the long term good health of the vessel, without the Royal Navy and the public losing control of the ship.
More at http://www.royalnavy.mod.uk/server/show/ConWebDoc.13645/changeNav/6568
 
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From All News, Royal Navy Live:

HMS Victory Hosts Commemorative Ceremony for Trafalgar Day
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The Royal Navy’s most important anniversary marked for the 203rd year by a ceremony onboard HMS Victory today (Tuesday 21 October) at 8am. This also coincided with the 250th Anniversary of Lord Nelson’s Birthday, which the Royal Navy celebrated last month.
More at http://www.royal-navy.mod.uk/server/show/ConWebDoc.14025/changeNav/6568
 
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From All News, Royal Navy Live:

Indefatigable Veterans Visit HMS Victory In Fleet Air Arm’s Centenary Year
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In the centenary year of the Fleet Air Arm, veterans from HMS Indefatigable’s Association met recently on Nelson’s flagship, HMS Victory, in Portsmouth Naval Base. The veterans were hosted by Commodore Martin Westwood, a senior serving naval aviator from Naval Command Headquarters and the Commanding Officer of HMS VICTORY, Lt Cdr ‘Oscar’ Whild prior to a Memorial Service at Portsmouth Cathedral.
More at http://www.royalnavy.mod.uk/news-and-events/rn-live/all-news/indefatigable-veterans-visit-hms-victory-in-fleet-air-arm-s-centenary-year/*/changeNav/6568
 
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From The Navy News:

Victory for the tot
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Just one day shy of 39 years since Black Tot Day, the tot of rum was back in focus on board HMS Victory.

Charles Tobias, the founder and chief executive of Pusser’s Rum, was welcomed by the Second Sea Lord Vice Admiral Sir Alan Massey onto his historic flagship with an exchange of gifts.
More at http://www.navynews.co.uk/view-story.aspx?articleID=490
 
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From All News, Royal Navy Live:

Minister Confirms Future of HMS Victory
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As part of the launch of the National Museum of the Royal Navy, today Baroness Taylor announced the outcome of work to examine options for the future support of HMS Victory.

The Baroness stated:

“I am happy to reassure you all that HMS Victory will remain a commissioned warship and the Flagship of the Second Sea Lord. I am pleased to announce today that it is our intention to transfer responsibility for the visitor function to the NMRN, thus reinforcing her unique position in naval heritage.”
For the rest, cut and paste http://www.royalnavy.mod.uk/operations-and-support/establishments/naval-bases-and-air-stations/hmnb-portsmouth/hms-victory/news/minister-confirms-futu re-of-hms-victory/*/changeNav/6568 to your browser.
 
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From The Navy News:

Victory broadside announces new museum
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THE most famous vessel ever to bear the prefix HMS will remain a commissioned warship and flagship of the Second Sea Lord, fully funded and supported by the Royal Navy.


Rumours that Nelson’s flagship was to be decommissioned — or even sold off — were rife in 2008, following a review into her upkeep and funding.
More at http://www.navynews.co.uk/news/537-victory-broadside-announces-new-museum.aspx

Comment: A bit more in depth then the earlier article and worth it for the photo!
 
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From About My Area:

Nelson’s Ship in a Bottle to be Unveiled for Trafalgar's Fourth Plinth
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Portsmouth Historic Dockyard is expecting an increased interest in HMS Victory this summer, following the unveiling of Yinka Shonibare's Nelson's Ship in a Bottle, commissioned by the Mayor of London for the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square. The work will highlight the square's history from Monday 24th May 2010, for a two-year residency.
More at http://www.aboutmyarea.co.uk/Hampshire/Portsmouth/PO6/News/Local-News/163736-Nelson%E2%80%99s-Ship-in-a-Bottle-to-be-Unveiled-for-Trafalgars-Fourth-Pl inth
 
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From The Daily Mail:

Still see no ships, Lord Nelson? Giant boat in a bottle unveiled on Trafalgar Square's fourth plinth in tribute to Naval hero
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More than 200 years after the Battle of Trafalgar, Admiral Lord Nelson was reunited with his flagship yesterday.
A 1:30 scale replica of HMS Victory, in a huge acrylic bottle, joined Nelson’s Column in Trafalgar Square when it was installed on the empty fourth plinth.
The only deviation from the original is the 37 sails, which are decorated with patterns symbolic of African identity and independence.
More at http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1280834/Trafalgar-Square-Fourth-Plinth-Yinka-Shonibare-unveils-Nelson-s-Ship-In-A-Bottle.html
 
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From The Navy News:

Snow brings dough for historic dockyard
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NOW last year’s snow may have brought the country to a halt, caused countless broken arms, wrists and legs, and cost the economy £700m...


...but this picture-postcard image of HMS Victory blanketed by the white stuff looks lovely and helped bring in thousands of pounds for Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard.
More at http://www.navynews.co.uk/news/1030-snow-brings-dough-for-historic-dockyard.aspx
 
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From The News (Portsmouth uk):

HMS Victory's future to be secured
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UP TO £20m is to be spent on HMS Victory in a decade of major restoration to reverse years of rot and decay, The News can reveal today.
It comes after a survey of the 245-year-old ship found she was riddled with rot, leaking and being pulled apart by her own weight.

The Ministry of Defence says the project will be one of the largest restorations ever of Lord Nelson's flagship.
More at http://www.portsmouth.co.uk/newshome/HMS-Victory39s-future-to-be.6701226.jp
 
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From The News (Portsmouth uk):

Battle to keep Victory in ship-shape condition
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When the Royal Navy appoints new commanding officers, it sends them to the stately surroundings of Lord Nelson’s Great Cabin on board HMS Victory.


Here, among artefacts that include Nelson’s original table, they begin the next stage of their careers. The officers gather in the impressive dining area and work space for a course that is designed to inspire them.
More at http://www.portsmouth.co.uk/lifestyle/tn2-saturday/a-weekend-with/battle_to_keep_victory_in_ship_shape_condition_1_2411540
 
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From The Daily Mail:

Let's make her shipshape: Workmen swing into action as ten-year restoration of Nelson's flagship HMS Victory begins
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The finishing touches to HMS Victory were made 246 years ago in Chatham Dock before she set to sea and went on to cover herself in glory at the Battle of Trafalgar.

She served for a total of 47 years - a period of time seldom matched by any modern warship - before being taken out of service in 1812.

Since then she has remained on display at Portsmouth harbour and now a ten-year battle to restore Lord Nelson's flagship to her full glory has begun
More at http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2011749/Lord-Nelsons-flagship-HMS-Victorys-10-year-restoration-begins.html
 
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From The Navy News:

Victory dismasted as restoration project begins
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THIS is a ‘heart-stopping’ moment in the life of HMS Victory as her top mast is craned off and a massive restoration project begins in earnest.

Nelson’s flagship ‘lost’ her main topgallant mast yesterday as experts removed the highest point on the legendary 250-year-old vessel.
More at http://www.navynews.co.uk/archive/news/item/781
 
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From The Daily Mail:

Victory is mine: Where Napoleon failed, our man in the rigging helps tear apart Nelson's mighty flagship
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The French fleet tried and failed. And a century-and-a-half later, the Luftwaffe couldn't manage it either. But now we are doing it ourselves. The oldest and most famous ship in the Royal Navy – arguably, the most important ship since Noah's Ark – is being reduced to a hulk.
More at http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2032417/Victory-Where-Napoleon-failed-man-rigging-helps-tear-apart-Nelsons-mighty-flagship.html?ito=feeds-news xml
 
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From The Gaurdian:

HMS Victory and the ship that almost sank Lord Nelson
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The ship that nearly sank Nelson's HMS Victory has been named and shamed. It was not a French man o'war at the battle of Trafalgar but, almost a century later, a battered British ironclad called Neptune, which broke free while being towed to be scrapped, smashed into Victory in Portsmouth harbour, and left the sea flooding through a gaping hole below the waterline.
More at http://www.guardian.co.uk/culture/2011/sep/18/hms-victory-portsmouth-historic-dockyard
 

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