For some time Victory, the 110gun ship of the line, has had trouble with dry rot and is in danger of collapsing.
She was Nelson’s flagship at the Battle of Trafalgar and is permanently on display in Portsmouth Dockyard. The plan is to raise £25m from the public and corporate donations to save this vital part of the nation’s heritage.
The 189ft wooden frigate Trincomalee is permanently berthed in a dry dock at Hartlepool, where she has been very well restored. In 1817, the Royal Navy had had the Trincomalee built at Wadia yard, Mumbai, then Bombay, because of timber shortages in Britain.
Later, under the name Foudroyant, she became a floating barracks and is best remembered for lying at Portsmouth. Her name was changed back to Trincomalee when she went to Hartlepool. The Hartlepool Museum has the paddle steamer Wingfield Castle in an adjoining dock, and the coble Venues is also on show.
The German Government and Navy have been heavily criticised for the money spent on a major refit to their Naval training barque Gorch Fock II. This 293ft barque was built by Blohm & Voss at Hamburg in 1958 and has taken more than ten thousand cadets on cruises.
The Gorch Fock has the double spanker rig set permanently aloft on the mizzen on two gaffs, a rig much favoured by German square riggers.