HMS Trincomalee, Hartlepool

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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. Soon after completion she was sailed 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.
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  • August 18, 2017
    We were recommended by friends to visit, and are very happy to do the same. We would suggest allowing half a day, be prepared to walk a bit, and remember the low ceilings in the ship itself. Come with...  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    This was a well worth visit, plenty to keep all the family interested. Some good demonstrations to watch and plenty to see onboard right down to the keel of the ship. There is a coffee shop and places...  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    A great day out for all ages. Knowledable staff and interesting things to do make it ideal for families.  more »
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  • Great place for kids and adults. Really interesting. Definitely worth the money. Kids loved the cannon and musket display.
  • Stunning restoration of a vintage sailing ship with good interpretation and modification to make more accessible. Highly recommended.
  • Informative and helpful staff who obviously love the place. Whole package very moving and well presented with lots of local history. Changed my perception of the Royal Navy and the Marines. Entrance fee was worth every penny.
  • Great for the family so much history you have to discover at a reasonable price too a great day out
  • Decent museum for a day out. Kids love the ship and the firing of the cannon and guns. Take a picnic as cafe not always open.

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