As you arrive in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, the stunning sleek, black lines of Britain’s first iron-hulled, armoured warship, take your breath away.
Launched in 1860 to counter the threat posed by the French Navy, HMS Warrior was the pride of Queen Victoria’s fleet. Powered by steam and sail, she was the largest, fastest and most powerful ship of her day. Such was the pace of Victorian technological change that she was obsolete by 1883 and hulked in 1898.
Following this she performed a variety of roles including forming a part of the Navy’s training school, a coastguard unit and a floating pontoon, before being transferred to Warrior Preservation Trust.
In 1987 after extensive restoration, HMS Warrior returned to Portsmouth to take her rightful place within Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.
The Warrior Preservation Trust, a registered charity, owns HMS Warrior 1860, and depends entirely on income raised from visitors, fundraising and events to preserve the ship for the benefit of this and future generations.