H.M.S. Victory was the ultimate British fighting vessel: 227 feet long with 104 guns and 850 men when at full capacity. It was launched in 1765 and is most famous as Adm. Horatio Nelson's flagship at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. Nelson was shot and killed during the battle. H.M.S. Victory is the oldest naval ship still in commission. It has been restored and rests in dry docks at Portsmouth, England. The ship in Portsmouth is the sixth ship with the name Victory in the Royal Navy. There has been great interest in the fifth Victory ship, which was built 15 years earlier and whose wreckage was found recently by Odyssey Marine Exploration.
- Material: Wood as rosewood, mahogany, teak, and along with various other exotic wood
- Details include: Wooden bowsprit, foremast, mainmast, and mizzen mast on the ship
- Hull is constructed using a plank on frame method
- Completely hand built by master craftsmen
- Small wooden cabin with a wooden boat on the main deck
- Wooden fences surrounding the beakdeck area toward the quarter deck area
- Number of metal cannons on both side of the hull, and other crafted metal parts on the front and back of the ship
- Wooden stand with a nameplate engraved 'HMS Victory 1805'
- Wooden rudder to help the ship maneuver in the right direction
- Built according to scale through original plans, pictures and drawings
- Uses no plastic parts only the highest quality wood and metal parts
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