MAIN EVENTS IN THE HISTORY OF THE H.M.S. Victory

 

1759 - 23rd july laid down, chatham dockyard

1765 - 7th may, launched

1765 - 1778 - in ordinary, chatham

1778 - portsmouth, flag of admiral keppel, channel action with d'orvilliers off ushant

1779 - flag of vice-admiral sir charles hardy

1780 - flag of admiral sir francis geary, flag of rear-admiral francis drake. coppered for the first time in portsmouth

1781 - flag of vice-admiral sir hyde-parker, flag of rear-admiral kempenfelt, capture of french convoy of ushant

1782 - flag of lord howe, present at the sinking of the royal george, the boats of h.m.s. victory saving the majority of the survivors, relief of gilbraltar.

1783 - paid off in portsmouth

1790 - flag of lord howe, flag of lord hood

1791 - paid off, in ordinary

1791 - 1793 - flag of lord hood, mediterranean, reduction of toulon

1794 - corsica, capture of bastia and calvi

1795 - flag of rear-admiral man, action off hyeres, flag of vice admiral linzec, flag of admiral sir john jervis

1797 - battle of st. vincent, driven from her anchors during a storm in lagos bay and nearly lost, blockade of cadiz, boat actions, paid off at chatham: name struck off navy list

1798 - 1799 - HOSPITAL SHIP FOR PRISONERS OF WAR

1800 - 1802 - LARGE REFIT, STERN GALLERIES REMOVED AND HER STERN MADE FLAT

1803 - 1805 - FLAG OF LORD NELSON, MEDITERRANEAN, BLOCKADE OF TOULON, CHASE OF VILLENEUVE TO WEST INDIES AND BACK, BLOCKADE OF CADIZ, BATTLE OF TRAFALGAR

1806 - PAID OFF AT CHATHAM, LARGE REFIT IN THE DOCK IN WHICH SHE WAS ORIGINALLY BUILT

1808 - FLAG OF ADMIRAL SIR JAMES SAUMAREZ, OPERATIONS IN THE BALTIC

1809 - SPAIN, BROUGHT HOME PART OF SIR JOHN MOORE'S ARMY FROM CORUNNA, RETURNED TO BALTIC, BLOCKADE OF CRONSTADT

1811 - FLAG OF REAR-ADMIRAL SIR JOSEPH YORKE, TOOK REINFORCEMENTS TO LISBON FOR SIR ARTHUR WELLESLEY, RETURNED TO BALTIC, FLAG OF SIR JAMES SAUMAREZ, BOAT ACTIONS

1812 - 18TH DECEMBER, PAID OFF AT PORTSMOUTH

1813 - 1816 - REBUILT, DURING THIS PERIOD THE BRASS TABLET 'HERE NELSON FELL' WAS FIRST LET into the quarterdeck

1816 - 1824 - in ordinary

1824 - 1869 - flag of port admiral, portsmouth

1869 - 1888 - tender to h.m.s. duke of wellington

1888 - refit

1889 to present day - flag of commander in chief

1903 - rammed by h.m.s. neptune, neptune's ram bow pierced the ships side at the spot where nelson died, the ship was docked to prevent sinking, after repairs it was moored at usual buoys

1905 - saluting ship, sunset gun custom was carried out by victory, up to 1906 "in company" with st. vincent as training ship for boys

1922 - berthed in no.2 dock. "save the victory" fund launched for her restoration to (and her preservation in) her trafalgar condition

1928 - restoration completed. inspected by his majesty king george v

1940 - ship damaged by german bomb

1945 - victory floodlit for v.j. day

1946 - personal standard of h.r.h. princess elizabeth broken at the main. commander-in-chief and senior officers of the portsmouth command

1971 - major repairs to the stern commenced

1973 - royal standard worn on the occasion of h.m. the queen's visit to the ship. her majesty lunched in the great cabin.