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. 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.
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  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • A great day out for all ages. Knowledable staff and interesting things to do make it ideal for families.  more »
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  • As far as I'm concerned this location at Hartlepool beats Portsmouth and the HMS Victory into a cocked hat. The oldest Navy ship in water sits in its own dock surrounded on three sides by a bustling quayside village containing all the shops and offices this 19th century ship required. A wonderful outdoor play area and a well equipped indoor educational facility keep younger children entertained. The facilities are not spread over a large area which is ideally suited for the less ambulatory and for wheelchair users. The ship itself cannot be accessed by a wheelchair and the height of the lowest deck is best suited to 7 year olds. Splendid ship although much smaller than the majestic Victory she is perfectly formed.
  • Amazing place. Highly recommended. Bought National Museum of the Royal Navy Membership too! More ships to visit all over the country :)
  • Brilliant learning experience. Staff were friendly and helpful. Loved the costumes. So much to see and do.
  • Boys loved lots to see not wheelchair friendly as lot of climbing on ship but very interesting even showed how to make different types of ropes .
  • Amazing place to visit and so much to see and do both for the younger and the older generation.. Perfect 10/10

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