A look at life below decks on board HMS Trincomalee

The lower deck on HMS Trincomalee as it would have looked at mealtime
The lower deck on HMS Trincomalee as it would have looked at mealtime
A little fuzzy perhaps but here we see Portsdown Hill Road where it meets London Road. The George pub would be on the right behind the soldiers. 'Picture: Barry Cox Collection

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As promised, here we see two decks from the former Foudroyant now restored as HMS Trincomalee up in Hartlepool.

The gun deck looks as if it was last in use a few weeks ago.

HMS Trincomalee's gun deck

HMS Trincomalee's gun deck

It has such a lived-in feel about it.

The lower deck, used as a mess deck, shows a meal of the day with square plates – hence the expression ‘a square meal a day’.

The photos are very deceiving. I am 6ft 4in tall and the deck to deckhead is just over 5ft, so it’s a bit of a tight fit for me.

The orlop deck is even lower.

The Foudroyant was moored up in Portsmouth Harbour for years and was used to train youngsters in the way of the sea. Launched in Bombay, India in October 1817 as the HMS Trincomalee, the ship was sailed to Portsmouth Dockyard, arriving in April 1819.

She was eventually taken out of service in 1986. A trust was formed to save the historic old ship, led in part by Reg Betts, the then defence correspondent of The News, which aimed to preserve the ship and bring her back to her former glory.