HMS Warrior 1860

The fastest, largest and most powerful warship in the world when she was launched. Such was her reputation that enemy fleets were intimidated by her obvious supremacy and deterred from attacking Britain at sea - yet she never fired a shot in anger.
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Welcome on board HMS Warrior 1860, Britain’s first iron-hulled, armoured battleship.

Launched in 1860, at a time of empire and Britain’s dominance in trade and industry, Warrior was the pride of Queen Victoria’s fleet.

"The ship is fascinating and a wonderful restoration. It is fascinating seeing the life surrounding Victorian sailors. Also the attendants were knowledgeable, approachable and entertaining."David, Cowes


Powered by steam and sail, she was the largest, fastest and most powerful warship of her day and had a lasting influence on naval architecture and design. Work and life on board reflected both the changes the Royal Navy experienced as it evolved into a professional service and shifts in Victorian society.

Built to counter the latest French battleship, Warrior was, in her time, the ultimate deterrent. Yet by igniting a new era in naval technology, she soon became outdated. After 22 years’ service, Warrior’s hull was to be used as a depot, floating school and an oil jetty. Painstakingly restored in Hartlepool and back home in Portsmouth since 1987, Warrior is a unique survivor of the once formidable Victorian Navy and now serves as a museum ship, visitor attraction, popular private hire venue and more.

Open all year round*, the Captain and crew invite you to come on board and explore this almighty Victorian battleship for yourself - the most fearsome naval weapon of her day and sole survivor of the Black Battlefleet. The Ship’s company are also on hand to answer any questions you may have

*except 25th, 26th and 27th December


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Visit the HMS Warrior 1860 website here