HMS Victory was brought back from the brink of death and opened to the public after work was completed to restore her on July 17, 1928.

Some of the first crowds to tour HMS Victory after July 17, 1928, when she had been restored to the condition she was in at Trafalgar in 1805.
Some of the first crowds to tour HMS Victory after July 17, 1928, when she had been restored to the condition she was in at Trafalgar in 1805.
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HMS Victory was brought back from the brink of death and opened to the public after work was completed to restore her on July 17, 1928.

Not long afterwards, and 123 years after the Battle of Trafalgar, crowds of people – estimated to be in their thousands in the first week – crowded aboard Nelson’s flagship and, of course, she has been held in the highest esteem ever since.

At the moment she is going through another makeover, but no doubt she will have hordes of visitors treading her hallowed decks again.