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Wednesday 11 May 2011

HMS Victory - Yawl Boat

Will Sterling from Tavistock in Devon, kindly sent details of this ship's boat which his company built for Nelson's flagship HMS Victory. Victory although kept in dry dock in Portsmouth naval base is still a serving ship in the British Navy.

Will explains "Having studying the ship's documents the Curator of HMS Victory realised that a 26' yawl had been part of the 1805 ship's complement of boats. In 2008 he determined to have a yawl built."

"Stirling and Son won the tender and built a yawl under MOD contract. The boat was built to a draught of 1797 from Greenwich Maritime Museum."

"She is built of full length planking copper and bronze fastened and is now on display in Portsmouth, alongside HMS Victory, the flagship of the Royal Navy."

If you're visiting England then it's really worthwhile to take the time to see HMS Victory (and her neighbouring historic ships Warrior and Mary Rose), and not least Will's fantastic yawl.


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  2. You can tell from just a few photos that this is a first class build. And what a wonderful setting... Stirling & Son are clearly at the forefront of the long awaited wooden boat revival in the UK.

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