HMS Victory dinner to mark 1812 war with US

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THE National Museum of the Royal Navy will be commemorating the bicentenary of the declaration of the 1812 war with America with an exclusive dinner aboard HMS Victory in Portsmouth.

The event on Monday, June 18 will be hosted by the former First Sea Lord Admiral Sir Jonathon Band, who is chairman of the trustees at National Museum of the Royal Navy.

Professor Andrew Lambert, Britain’s premier naval historian, will be guest speaker at the event. Prof Lambert, who is Laughton Professor of Naval History at King’s College London, is the author of The Challenge, America, Britain and the War of 1812.

The aim is to raise funds for the museum, while paying tribute to the bloody events of 200 years ago.

On June 18, 1812, the United States stunned the world by declaring war on Great Britain. Held by many at the time to be unnecessary, the war was provoked by a mutual misunderstanding and prosecuted with little conviction by Britain and America.

The Royal Navy – held to be omnipotent at the time – suffered a series of humiliating defeats at sea, whilst America’s invasion of Canada was soundly defeated.

The war ended without either side obtaining a clear strategic victory – but was not without significance as both Canada and the United States were defined by the conflict.

The dinner only has 90 places available. Tickets are sold at £1,200 per table of six, or individually at £200 each.