First-rate ship of the line HMS Victory

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Classification

Basic information

Country of build:
Operator:
Ordered:
1758
Laid down:
1759
Launched:
1765
In service:
1778
Status:
Fate:
Flagship of the First Sea Lord and museum ship

Ship measurements

Displacement:
3500 t
Length:
57 m
Beam:
15.8 m
Draught:
8.76 m
Depth of hold:
6.55 m

Movement

Sail plan:
Sail area:
5440 m²
Speed:
11 knots

Crew

Complement:
850
Capacity:
999

Combat assets

Number of guns:
104
Armament:

Trafalgar:

  • Gundeck: 30 * 2.75 ton long pattern Blomefield 32 pounders (15 kg)
  • Middle gundeck: 28 * 2.5 ton long 24 pounders (11 kg)
  • Upper gundeck: 30 * 1.7 ton short 12 pounders (5 kg)
  • Quarterdeck: 12 * 1.7 ton short 12 pounder (5 kg)
  • Forecastle: 2 * medium 12 pounder (5 kg), 2 * 68 pounder (31 kg) carronade

HMS Victory is a 104-gun first-rate ship of the line of the Royal Navy, ordered in 1758, laid down in 1759 and launched in 1765. She is best known for her role as Lord Nelson's flagship at the Battle of Trafalgar on 21 October 1805.

She additionally served as Keppel's flagship at Ushant, Howe's flagship at Cape Spartel and Jervis's flagship at Cape St Vincent. After 1824, she was relegated to the role of harbour ship.

In 1922, she was moved to a dry dock at Portsmouth, England, and preserved as a museum ship. She has been the flagship of the First Sea Lord since October 2012 and is the world's oldest naval ship still in commission.

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