HMS Warrior 1860

The fastest, largest and most powerful warship in the world when she was launched. Such was her reputation that enemy fleets were intimidated by her obvious supremacy and deterred from attacking Britain at sea - yet she never fired a shot in anger.
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HMS Warrior 1860

HMS Warrior 1860, Britain’s first iron-hulled, armoured battleship and the newest member of The National Museum of the Royal Navy's fleet. Launched in 1860, at a time of empire and Britain’s dominance in trade and industry, HMS Warrior 1860 was the pride of Queen Victoria’s fleet.

"The ship is fascinating and a wonderful restoration. It is fascinating seeing the life surrounding Victorian sailors. Also the attendants were knowledgeable, approachable and entertaining."David, Cowes

Powered by steam and sail, she was the largest, fastest and most powerful warship of her day and had a lasting influence on naval architecture and design. Work and life on board reflected both the changes the Royal Navy experienced as it evolved into a professional service and shifts in Victorian society.

Built to counter the latest French battleship, Warrior was, in her time, the ultimate deterrent. Yet by igniting a new era in naval technology, she soon became outdated. After 22 years’ service, Warrior’s hull was to be used as a depot, floating school and an oil jetty. Painstakingly restored in Hartlepool and back home in Portsmouth since 1987, Warrior is a unique survivor of the once formidable Victorian Navy and now serves as a museum ship, visitor attraction, popular private hire venue and more.

Join the Captain and crew on board and explore this almighty Victorian battleship for yourself - the most fearsome naval weapon of her day and sole survivor of the Black Battlefleet. The Ship’s company are also on hand to answer any questions you may have.


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Special Event 

Book a sick berth talk with one of our volunteers and discover what the Victorian healthcare was like on HMS Warrior 1860.

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