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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 Yet by igniting a new era in naval technology, she soon became outdated.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 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 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

Announcements

HMS WARRIOR 1860 - PRESS RELEASE

HMS WARRIOR 1860 JOINS THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF THE ROYAL NAVY FLEET

Thirty years after HMS Warrior 1860 returned to Portsmouth, it has been announced that her owners, the Warrior Preservation Trust, merged with The National Museum of the Royal Navy as of 1st April 2017.

For the full story, please see our Press Release page.

Warrior Cam is now live!

Our new webcam gives visitors to our website the opportunity to share views that are usually reserved for our riggers. Keep watching as the camera pans around taking in views of the Harbour, historic dockyard and some of the surrounding landmarks

More Information

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.