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ZULUPAUL Supporting Member of TMP26 Jul 2017 9:17 a.m. PST

Must be top secret…

Dave Jackson Supporting Member of TMP26 Jul 2017 9:59 a.m. PST


Shagnasty Supporting Member of TMP26 Jul 2017 10:19 a.m. PST

Long may she sail.

Blutarski26 Jul 2017 2:02 p.m. PST

No idea what happened to my initial post(s). Intended ost follows -

We are pleased to report that 'Old Ironsides' has completed her two-year long re-fit and came out of dry-dock yesterday.


JMcCarroll Inactive Member26 Jul 2017 4:12 p.m. PST

The network news said she was the oldest warship afloat in the world! Explains why few are watching network news.

Blutarski26 Jul 2017 6:55 p.m. PST

Wasn't HMS Victory permanently moved into a drydock some time ago for preservation purposes?


TGerritsen26 Jul 2017 10:30 p.m. PST

She's still a commissioned warship and maintained as such. The Navy treats her as if she could go to war, though no one would ever do so.

SgtPrylo27 Jul 2017 7:19 a.m. PST

The key words are, and always have been, 'commissioned' and 'afloat'. Both of those words make that statement true. She's still a naval warship by definition, crewed by the US Navy.

EDIT: If the Victory ever touches the water again, she'll take over for the Constitution, no one argues that.

StarCruiser27 Jul 2017 7:51 a.m. PST

Yeah – I love the Victory but, sealed in concrete doesn't count…

SgtPrylo27 Jul 2017 11:59 a.m. PST

First Langton ship I ever built was the Victory. I did the Constitution second.

Mark Barker27 Jul 2017 12:45 p.m. PST

She is not sealed in concrete, just perched on top of it.

Actually there is a tunnel in the plinth where you can walk underneath the hull from one side to other. If you can get one of the drydock tours it is well worth it, you can reach up and touch the bottom of the hull (while the guide is not looking).

Mark Barker
The Inshore Squadron

devsdoc27 Jul 2017 1:12 p.m. PST

The Victory is not "Sealed in concrete". She is in dry dock.
The old lady may not feel water again, but think of her history, her battles.
Be safe

Blutarski27 Jul 2017 5:04 p.m. PST

Afloat or not, I am grateful that Victory remains preserved for posterity.


StarCruiser27 Jul 2017 5:06 p.m. PST

I hope they can keep her stabilized – what with the stern gallery supposed coming apart.

Old Wolfman28 Jul 2017 7:17 a.m. PST

Same here. If I ever get to come to Portsmouth,she's(HMS Victory) on my list of what to visit. Wouldn't mind visiting Old Ironsides either if I'm ever in the area.

devsdoc28 Jul 2017 1:32 p.m. PST

Done the Victory so many times and will go again. Constitution
is a must see for me (I hope one day)
Be safe

Bozkashi Jones30 Jul 2017 4:47 p.m. PST

"[Victory's] still a commissioned warship and maintained as such. The Navy treats her as if she could go to war, though no one would ever do so"

I wouldn't be so sure TGerritsen – if the Royal Navy gets cut any more we might not have much choice!

And great to hear about the Constitution.


StarCruiser30 Jul 2017 7:04 p.m. PST

^ Sadly true…

Mac1638 Inactive Member31 Jul 2017 2:42 p.m. PST

So the HMS TRINCOMALEE has gone back to the second oldest ship afloat

HMS Victory is in dry dock and her steel masts go straight through keel and supports her in the dry dock

Victory v Constitution as visits
Victory its size, Mary Rose, Warrior and the dock
Constitution its ship tour, the ships museum and the dock yard
Victory's Portsmouth historical dockyards has the edge

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