Expensive dinner on Nelson’s flagship

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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.’