The Friends of

HMS Trincomalee

The Friends of HMS Trincomalee is a society run by volunteers to support the work of the Trincomalee Trust in preserving, exhibiting and promoting our historic ship, now at the Historic Quay in Hartlepool, England. HMS Trincomalee is the oldest British Warship still afloat. Her keel was laid down at Bombay dockyard on 25th April 1816.


The society was founded in 1993 and since 2007 has been a registered charity, number 1117790. As well as having local members, we have members throughout the country, and overseas in Europe, America and India.


In December 2015, Lord de Saumarez of Guernsey, a descendant of Admiral Sir James Saumarez, became the Friends' first Patron.


Members' benefits include the receipt of the society's magazine, Quarterdeck, three times a year, the ability to attend the Friends' events with free entry to HMS Trincomalee and Hartlepool's Maritime Experience.


A brief history of the ship from 1812 to 1986 can be downloaded via the ARCHIVE page.