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HMS Warrior 1860

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.

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 Yet by igniting a new era in naval technology, she soon became outdated.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 Black Battlefleet 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 Ship’s company are also on hand to answer any questions you may have

*except 25th, 26th and 27th December

Heritage National Lottery Fund

HMS Warrior Secures £3.2 million In Lottery Funding


Lights, camera, action! Warrior webcam is back.

We’re pleased to announce the return of the HMS Warrior camera after a short sabbatical, the camera has now been installed up the Mizzen Mast. The new camera now streams in full HD – so sunsets over the camber have never looked so good. 

From Australia to Scotland, our HMS Warrior webcam is popular far and wide and we’re excited to see it come back. 

Phil George, Head of IT at The National Museum of the Royal Navy said: “After a small amount of downtime, we’re pleased to bring back the Warrior webcam. We’ve taken the time to source a good quality webcam which provides the best viewing experience for web users.”

It wasn’t just the IT team who had issues with sourcing the best quality camera. The new in house rigging team also faced challenges installing the camera, finding a calm day around the recent high winds and installing it in the best position possible.

Andy Hodder Smith, Master Rigger at The National Museum of the Royal Navy said: "Installing a camera aloft is a challenge as it is easy to damage the cable if it is not supported correctly during installation, and the manufacturers don’t consider the challenges of installing it 40m up hanging in a harness so there is always too many loose and fiddly parts."

To prolong its life, the IT team have made a change to how the camera transitions between viewpoints. The camera will move every 30 seconds instead of every 10 seconds with the transitions being much slower. It will also only pan between 7am and 5pm, outside of those times it will just sit and show the Portsmouth Ferries view. Then at 7am it should burst back into life and start moving again.

We celebrated the launch of the new camera on The Prince of Wales 70th birthday by capturing a gun salute. If you would like to watch the Warrior webcam, simply visit the webcam page. Happy viewing!


Sending out an SOS call…

HMS Warrior was rescued in the 1980’s, restored and brought back home to Portsmouth and is owned by Warrior Preservation Trust, an independent charity. 

Sadly, time has it taken its toll and today she is in a fragile state - her bulwarks, which keep her watertight, have failed and are deteriorating to a point which places her at significant risk. 

2016 marked an incredibly important year for Warrior as we embarked on our first major fundraising appeal to fund this essential work. We were delighted to secure a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.  This incredible support means that we have now raised £3.2million of the £4.2 million needed to save the ship.

We still have £1 million to raise and we now have the confidence to turn our vision for Warrior into a reality, but we cannot do this on our own.

Make no mistake: the ship is a survivor – since she first sailed the seas in 1861, Warrior has faced storms, war, neglect and old age.  Yet incredibly, she is still here to tell her stories.  Please join our association as a member, volunteer, fundraise or donate – there’s a way to get involved and make a difference that will suit you.  Please visit support us to find out more. Or donate here

Your support will guarantee that future generations will benefit from the inspiring legacy that is HMS Warrior 1860, so please help us bring new life into an old ship.

Thank you.