HMS Trincomalee is a Royal Navy sailing frigate built shortly after the end of the Napoleonic Wars. She is now restored as a museum ship in Hartlepool, England.History1812–1847Trincomalee is one of two surviving British frigates of her era—her near-sister is now a museum ship in Dundee. After being ordered on 30 October 1812, Trincomalee was built in Bombay, India by the Wadia family of shipwrights in teak, due to oak shortages in Britain as a result of shipbuilding drives for the Napoleonic Wars. The ship was named Trincomalee after the 1782 Battle of Trincomalee off the Ceylon port of that name.With a construction cost of £23,000, Trincomalee was launched on 12 October 1817. Captain Philip Henry sailed her to Portsmouth Dockyard where she arrived on 30 April 1819, with a journey costing £6,600. During the maiden voyage the ship arrived at Saint Helena on 24 January 1819 where she stayed for 6 days, leaving with an additional passenger, a surgeon who had attended Napoleon at Longwood House on the island, Mr John Stokoe.After being fitted out at a further cost of £2,400, Trincomalee was placed in reserve until 1845, when she was re-armed with fewer guns giving greater firepower, had her stern reshaped and was reclassified as a sixth-rate spar-decked corvette.Use our Hartlepool tour itinerary maker site to arrange your visit to HMS Trincomalee and other attractions in Hartlepool.
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HMS Trincomalee Reviews
This is the jewel in the crown of the Royal Navy museum. You have to wait for a guided tour but don't leave the museum without doing this! We were taken round all parts of the ship by an informative c... more »
Thoroughly enjoyed our visit today and were pleasantly surprised at the amount of time that we spent there - around 5hrs, which was all the time that it was open! Really enjoyed the interactive exhibi... more »
A great day out with family. Lots to do and learn. Staff are really friendly and helpful. Kids loved being pirates for the day. Refreshments are pricey as it's a tourist spot but you can take your own... more »
A fantastic museum. HMS Trincomalee is wonderful, this really is a unique experience to be able to see a floating wooden warship just as it was when first built. The exhibitions and interactive displays are brilliant. There is something for everyone here whether you are 8 or 80. Great value for money, easy parking.
Well worth the £10 I paid which includes the Hartlepool Royal Naval Museum. So much to see in such a small place. Staff really helpful. Really brings home what people went through in those days.
Had a wonderful day with the family at the maritime museum on Saturday 24th March, part of it is free to enter but only cost £27 as a family of 5 to enter where there was a wonderful tour of the ship, a demonstration of the guns & canon used at that time, plenty of other play areas for the kids to enjoy & displays to explore. The only downside which made us glad that we had eaten before entering is the cafe on site was not open for some reason, would of been nice for my husband & I to grab a coffee while the children played but did not hugely effect our day, but only because we had thankfully had lunch prior to going in & that is the only reason for not giving 5 stars.
If you are even mildly interested in British naval history this is a brilliant visit. I worked on the original TS Foudroyant as a teenager 50 yrs ago, and the transformation from near wreck to a ship that looks almost ready to sail is truly a credit to the craftsmen and women of Hartlepool. The attention to detail from stem to stern and bilges to mastheads is in keeping with the period and is fitted out as a frigate would be at the time. Not just the ship, but the entire dock are has been restored to period appearance, and it, and the adjacent museum have much of interest for all ages. I was very lucky that I went on a day they were offering a climb to the main fighting top and am now one of a very small group in modern times who have done so! Given that the entire site is run as a charitable trust with many volunteers, all profits go directly to the trust so go, enjoy, and help maintain the 2nd oldest floating warship in the world.
A great day at the museum with lots of things to see. The ship is a great place to view and the Tour's are interesting
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