HMS Warrior 1860 celebrates the 30th Anniversary of her return to Portsmouth

30th Homecoming Anniversary

There were mixed emotions in Hartlepool as the town bid farewell to the ship that had spent seven years in its care.

In the afternoon of Friday 12th June 1987, Warrior was pulled by tugs from her moorings and she began the four day journey back to Portsmouth. Tankers, ferries and trawlers turned out all along the east coast to salute her. In the English Channel, she had a memorable encounter with HMS London, the Royal Navy's newest vessel. London signalled the message "The Navy's newest ironclad is in company with the oldest... I hope we look as good as you at your age".

On June 16th 1987, 58 years after she left Portsmouth in a terrible condition, Warrior made her triumphant return. As she came slowly towards the narrow entrance to Portsmouth Harbour a flotilla of small boats greeted her, guns fired, klaxons sounded, crowds cheered, fireworks exploded, and red, white and blue balloons filled the air.

After an hour of careful manoeuvring, she entered her berth. When the tow rope was dropped, Warrior was home to stay and took her place within Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.

For further information about her homecoming, including interviews with our CEO Cdr Tim Ash, Shipwright Bob Daubeney, and one of our longest serving volunteers (24 years) Alastair Wilson who watched HMS Warrior return, please press the link to the BBC Radio Solent interview - http://bbc.in/2rysR5e 

Working with Maritime Films UK

All of us on board HMS Warrior 1860 are delighted with the kind words from Maritime Films UK about the filming we have been working on together. The footage has been collated and edited for us to use as promotional videos when giving our outreach presentations in the community. Our shipwright, Bob, even got a glowing review as being "one of the best TV naturals" they have come across - nice one Bob!

If you would like to read the article, it can be found here.

 

 

A Great Reception for Dr Clipson at NASOH Conference in South Carolina

On 15th May 2017 Dr Jim Clipson, our MA History Bursar, gave a presentation on “HMS Warrior’s influence on naval operations in the US Civil War” at the North American Society for Oceanic History Annual Conference Charleston, South Carolina. The presentation, which was well received, took place at the College of Charleston, where approximately 150 people consisting of academics, naval historians, public sector heritage experts and maritime conservationists had gathered for Day 1 of the conference. 

Warrior's Bursar to speak at the NASOH Annual Conference

We are delighted to announce that Jim Clipson, our MA History Bursar, will be speaking at the North American Society of Oceanic History Annual Conference Charleston, South Carolina in May. Jim will be presenting the outline of his Dissertation; “HMS Warrior’s influence on naval operations in the US Civil War”. He will be discussing how the very existence of HMS Warrior affected the strategy and the operations of the US Civil War even though Warrior never entered US territorial waters nor was there a war between Great Britain and the United States. Jim will update us on his return and we look forward to reading his Dissertation in the autumn. In addition to the Bursary from the Warrior Preservation Trust, Jim received a grant from the Society for Nautical Research to travel to Charleston.

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

L to R Admiral Sir Jonathon Band, Chairman of The National Museum of the Royal Navy formally welcomes Rear Admiral Neil Latham, Chairman of the Warrior Preservation Trust

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.

As Britain’s first iron-clad battleship, Warrior is one of the most influential warships ever built and a key attraction at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, welcoming 330,000 visitors a year.  She was built as Queen Victoria’s deterrent against rumoured French invasion, and was so advanced and powerfully armed that she completed her job without ever firing a shot in anger during ten years of front line service. 

The esteemed and visionary philanthropist, the late Sir John Smith, funded her restoration in Hartlepool, which at the time was the world’s most ambitious heritage ship repair ever.  The community of Portsmouth generously funded and built the jetty on which the ship is berthed, and continues to provide extraordinary support to the Trust’s work in recognition of her gateway position in the harbour.

The Warrior Preservation Trust is an independent charity with the purpose of preserving the ship and maintaining her on display for the benefit and education of the public. It employs 40 staff and is supported by 70 volunteers.   There will be no immediate change for staff and volunteers and the Chief Executive of the Warrior Preservation Trust and Captain of the ship, Commander Tim Ash will remain in post. 

All hospitality bookings and other committed work will be honoured, and the ship’s business will continue as usual.  Her £4.2m  upper deck conservation work – made possible thanks to National Lottery players - is unaffected with completion due at Easter 2018.

Established in 2009, the National Museum of the Royal Navy already owns a number of key historic ships and collections in Portsmouth, Gosport and nationally. These include HMS Victory, First World War monitor HMS M.33, the Royal Navy Submarine Museum and Explosion Museum of Naval Firepower.  It will open the new Royal Marines Museum at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard in 2020 alongside an innovative Centre for Discovery which will transform naval heritage at its headquarters at The National Museum of the Royal Navy Portsmouth.

The National Museum has raised over £100 million for major capital and conservation projects and its visitor numbers have grown from 325,000 each year to over one million nationally. It is now the third most visited attraction in the UK outside of London and manages the destination brand Portsmouth Historic Dockyard on behalf of partners the Mary Rose Trust and the Portsmouth Naval Base Property Trust which owns Action Stations and Boathouse 4.

Professor Dominic Tweddle, Director General of the National Museum said: “Warrior is a fantastic ship which tells an incredibly important part of our naval story and we are very excited to welcome her into our fleet.

“We congratulate the Warrior Preservation Trust for the brilliant job it has done in saving her and in caring for her thus far, but both our Boards of Trustees now feel that being part of a National Museum which cares for the national collection of historic naval vessels is the right way to go in view of Warrior’s national significance.

“We will now work with the Warrior’s ship’s company to ensure a smooth transition and ensure that the ship remains afloat and dominating the city’s seascape for a further 30 years at least.”

Chief Executive of the Warrior Preservation Trust, and Captain of the Ship, Commander Tim Ash said: “We have worked closely with the National Museum as partners for many years, and feel that the time is right for us to align our shared expertise more closely.  Our new relationship will allow us to tell Warrior’s story more effectively, and merge our efforts in meeting better the needs of our great historic fleet of ships”.

Farewell to our law placement students

All of us on board would like to wish our law placement students farewell and all the best for the future. As part of their course at the University of Portsmouth, they were working on their final year Practical Lawyer Orphan Works Project, which included Loans, Copyright and IPR. Below are some words from both of them, outlining their experiences on board:

Hello! My name is Leila Chaiboub and I am a Law student from the University of Portsmouth. Over the past 7 months I have been working with HMS Warrior on various projects dealing with the legalities of collection’s management; predominantly concerning copyright. However, my role also included completing loan agreements and locating information regarding orphan works. I was involved in drafting reports and letters, advising my client on copyright matters, alongside filing existing copyright and loans into a codified system.

The most interesting part of the project has been working as a team with my colleagues in order to seek a successful conclusion to each task. An example of this was when I was given the challenging task of finding the living descendants of the first crew of the ship, who served on board in 1860. This proved rather difficult at first, however after extensive research, I was successful in locating the beneficiaries and had the pleasure of writing a letter to the descendant of the first captain. 

This task, alongside all the others on my project, has aided me with the transferable skills to help me with my Masters next year, and the necessary skills to communicate effectively and bridge the gap between my academia and my future career as a Company Secretary.

One interesting fact about myself: I worked in the Dorchester during my Gap Year and served the actress Emma Thompson, who played the character Nanny McPhee!

Leila

Hi, my name is Jake Stubbings and I am a third year Law and Business student for Portsmouth University.  For my final year project I took part in the practical lawyer Orphan Works Project. This involves working closely with museums to try to help advise on any legal issues that may arise as well as trying to help update their loans and copyrights databases. Orphan works arise when the legal owner of an object cannot be found, for example, when a gift has been given without any record of the true owners of that object. In these cases the museum will have to try to uncover who truly owns that gift before they can use it (something much easier said than done!).

For me I was lucky enough to be allocated to work on HMS Warrior 1860 - as offices go this must be one of the best. Over the last 6 or so months I have been able to complete a number of jobs from creating loan agreements and crowd release forms as well as being able to give advice on a number of legal issues that have come up. One of the most challenging thing however has been trying to develop Warrior’s loans agreements. Having to sift through some 30 years of agreements does take time but we have got there and Warrior now has a fully up to date electronic database. For me one of the most rewarding parts is being able to see how the work you have done is going to put in to use and how it will benefit Warrior in the future.

As for the future I hope to get into more corporate law and after completing the LPC I plan to become an in-house lawyer.

One interesting fact about myself: I regularly do kickboxing and have been training for 3 years now (ever since I started at university).

Jake

 

Murder Mystery - A Very ‘Dickens’ Death

19.00 - 23.00

Join us aboard for an evening of mystery and intrigue. Use your detective skills to help question suspects & solve the crime. 

A classic, whodunit?

£70 per person - includes a 3 course dinner , 1/2 bottle wine & plenty of suspense!

For more information, please contact the Events team on 02392 778610 or email specialevents@hmswarrior.org.

Burns Night

19.00 - 23.50

Join us aboard for this special celebration of Scotland’s most famous Bard. With Traditional fayre & entertainment throughout finishing with a Ceilidh band on the Officer’s Half Deck.

£70 per person - includes hot toddies, 1/2 bottle wine, dinner & entertainment.

For more information, please contact the Events team on 02392 778610 or email specialevents@hmswarrior.org.

Winter Wonderland 2

19.00 - 23.50

​Due to popular demand, we have put on an extra day again this year!

For more information, please contact the Events team on 02392 778610 or email specialevents@hmswarrior.org.

Winter Wonderland

19.00 - 23.50

Enjoy a fun filled Christmas celebration where traditional meets trendy!

See the ship dressed for the festive season, fill up on fabulous food & get pulling those all important crackers! 

Find out if you’ve been naughty or nice by visiting Santa in his Grotto, dance the night away with our disco, & capture a wonderful evening with our complimentary photo booth.

Perfect for parties of friends or how about joining us for your company Christmas party? 

£65 per person - includes a cocktail on arrival, 1/2 bottle wine, dinner & live entertainment.

For more information, please contact the Events team on 02392 778610 or email specialevents@hmswarrior.org.

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