Charity teams up with National Museum of Royal Navy to create new blend of coffee

COFFEE enthusiasts can now have a special naval-themed brew.

Thursday, 8th February 2018, 9:52 pm
Updated Thursday, 8th February 2018, 9:58 pm
Giles Gould from The National Museum of the Royal Navy and Sailors' Society's Vanessa Haddacks on board HMS Victory Picture: Sailors' Society

A new coffee, named after Admiral Lord Nelson’s flagship, has been launched to raise money for two maritime charities.

The HMS Victory BySea coffee is the brainchild of the Hampshire-based Sailors’ Society, in partnership with The National Museum of the Royal Navy.

CEO of Sailors’ Society Stuart Rivers said: ‘As a charity, we’ve been fortunate to receive longstanding support from the Royal Navy and HMS Victory.

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‘More than 100 years ago, Sailors’ Society was fundraising with busts of Lord Nelson made from his famous Victory.

‘Now with the support and permission of The National Museum of the Royal Navy we are continuing to raise much-needed funds, which will help seafarers around the world.’

He added: ‘There’s a nice symmetry to it.’

In the early 1900s, the Lords of the Admiralty donated wood and copper from the Victory to Sailors’ Society.

It then raised funds by making coins, plaques and busts of Lord Nelson out of the donated materials.

The ship was saved for the nation in 1922 and placed permanently into dry dock in Portsmouth where she remains today, visited by 25 million visitors so far as a museum of the sailing navy and the oldest commissioned warship in the world.

Sailors’ Society is gearing up to celebrate its 200th anniversary, which will be taking place next month.

The profits from the new coffee will go towards the charity’s work supporting seafaring communities.

Giles Gould, head of commercial services at The National Museum of the Royal Navy, said: ‘We are delighted to be entering into a partnership with Sailors’ Society, one that will benefit not only both organisations, but more importantly contribute to the goals of both charities, which are inevitably very much intertwined.’