HMS Victory at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and Environs, Portsmouth, 1949
HMS Victory at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and Environs, Portsmouth, 1949

25 historic photos of Nelson's flagship HMS Victory since the Royal Navy vessel arrived in Portsmouth

Horatio Nelson’s HMS Victory is one of the navy’s most famous ships – and is the world’s oldest naval ship to still be in commission.

By Deborah Croker
Wednesday, 9th September 2020, 12:39 pm

The 104-gun first-rate ship was launched for the first time in 1765 and is best known for her role as Lord Nelson's flagship at the Battle of Trafalgar on October 21 1805.

Over the next 80 years Victory also served as the Royal Navy flagship at Ushant in 1778, Cape Spartel in 1782 and Cape St Vincent at the end of the 18th century.

In 1922 she arrived in Portsmouth and was installed in a dry dock at the dockyard where she was been preserved as a museum ship.

Thousands of visitors enjoy tours of HMS Victory every year. In August it was announced that people will be able to walk underneath the hull of the ship for the first time in 100 years following a multi-million pound conservation project by the National Museum of the Royal Navy and BAE Systems.

Here are some of the most famous photos of HMS Victory’s past which we have found in our archives.

The majority of images are available to purchase should you wish to do so on our Photosales section, or you can call 0330 403 0033 or email [email protected]

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