Victory mast removal delay

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TODAY’S planned removal of HMS Victory’s main mast has been postponed due to strong winds.

The weather forecast meant engineers working on Admiral Nelson’s flagship were unwilling to risk taking down the main topgallant mast – the highest point on the warship.

A spokeswoman for Portsmouth Historic Dockyard said the removal was now scheduled to take place next week.

Work began last month on a 10-year project to fully restore the 250-year-old ship, which will cost the Ministry of Defence £20m. Engineers from Ian Bell Rigging and BAE Systems have already removed the horizontal yards from the masts of the ship on display in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.

The removal of the main central mast, which had been planned for this morning, will be the first time the Victory has been without her masts since the Second World War.