Relics of the HMS Victory - Inventory Number: REL 111
Copper piece measuring 2”round marked “HMS Victory / Part of a copper bolt / Launched 1765”. Section of wood measuring 4 ½” x 2 “ with an original copper plaque stating “ original oak and copper sheeting, taken from HMS Victory”
HMS Victory is a 104-gun first-rate ship of the line of the Royal Navy. She was ordered in 1758, laid down in 1759, and launched in 1765. With 245 years of service as of 2023, she is the world's oldest naval vessel still in commission.
Victory 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 harbor 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.
Inventory Number: REL 111