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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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  • We are allowed to see virtually all of this ship, which was built in 1817. It is truly fascinating. You can go right down to the bowels of the ship.  more »
  • Charged double what the price was meant to be, the staff spoke very condescending and made me feel as though I was an inconvenience and wasn't told about the top deck not being open until after we pai...  more »
  • If you love the British naval or the days of the tall ships, this is a must see. The ship is in excellent shape and about 80% of the wood is authentic/original. Access to the entire ship is a huge bon...  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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