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Captain's Log

October 2007

HMS Victory Oak & Copper

Lt Cdr John Scivier accepts a cheque on behalf of HMS Victory

Lt Cdr John Scivier accepts a cheque on behalf of HMS Victory

HMS Victory is the oldest commissioned warship in the world, and is still manned by the Royal Navy at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. Her most famous action - and perhaps the most famous sea battle of all time - was against Napoleon and the French at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805, under the command of Admiral Lord Nelson.
The battle was won by the English, but Nelson was tragically killed by a sniper’s bullet. It was decided that Victory should be preserved as a lasting reminder of the Royal Navy’s supremacy in the days of sail, and today she attracts more than 350,000 visitors a year.

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In preparation for the bicentenary celebrations in 2005, HMS Victory underwent a major refit which involved replacing some of her oak beams, copper rivets, and copper sheathing plates. We now own all of the replaced material, and have used it to make a unique range of commemorative items, part of the proceeds of which will be donated towards HMS Victory's future maintenance. So now it is possible to own a piece of the ship and contribute towards her preservation.

Finally, we also have a limited amount of 'raw materials' left - chunks of oak and copper ingots that are available to buy as they are - ideal for artists wishing to work on their own projects. Please call us on +44 (0)1932 244396 for further details.

Please note: We have now sold out of our items of 'raw material'. Please contact HMS Victory directly if you wish to obtain supplies.

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