HMS Victory is being hired out for parties and dinners costing £1,500 per person, it has been reported.
The Great Cabin, where Admiral Lord Nelson plotted his strategy during the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805, is available for fine dining by a group of 20 people for a minimum cost of £30,000.
Parties in Hardy’s Cabin – the smaller and less luxurious control room occupied by Captain Thomas Hardy – start at £750, and dinner on the Lower Gun Deck – where the lower ranks survived on stale biscuits and ale – starts at £240 a head, a national newspaper report says.
It comes as custodianship was given to the National Museum of the Royal Navy in Portsmouth in March.
The ship is undergoing a £16m restoration project and the National Museum has to raise £2m a year for the ship’s upkeep.
Giles Gould, the museum’s enterprise manager said: ‘The ship is available for hire on a selective basis. We want to keep it exclusive. It won’t be available for 18th or 21st birthday parties or hen nights.’