Stunning video reveals iconic HMS Victory’s facelift

HMS Victory authentic colour. The NMRN is calling it Victory hull ochre. Masts and gangplank still in previous colourway. Credit National Museum of the Royal Navy
HMS Victory authentic colour. The NMRN is calling it Victory hull ochre. Masts and gangplank still in previous colourway. Credit National Museum of the Royal Navy
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SHE is one of the nation’s most iconic and beloved warships.

Now remarkable footage of HMS Victory has been released to celebrate the Portsmouth-based vessel’s triumph over French and Spanish navies 210 years ago.

It comes as the nation commemorated the 210th Trafalgar Day, which celebrates the historic Battle of Trafalgar where Admiral Lord Nelson led the Royal Navy to victory despite being mortally wounded.

Now, a new film has been unveiled to mark the milestone.

The time-lapse video captures the story of the National Museum of the Royal Navy’s efforts to repaint Victory in the true colours she would have gone into battle with more than two centuries ago.

Victory’s commanding officer Lieutenant Commander BJ Smith led a service on the iconic ship this morning to commemorate the anniversary.

The Quarter Deck after painting

The Quarter Deck after painting

Speaking to The News today, he said: ‘Trafalgar Day is at the heart of the Royal Navy.

‘The battle took place 210 years ago. Despite that time it’s still being marked now.

‘It just proves that sort of thread in our naval blood; it’s in our DNA. So to be able to take part in that service is quite special.’