Support has been given towards the preservation and presentation of HMS Trincomalee by the Friends. We funded a full set of “Tiny Tag” data loggers, which are now monitoring the relative humidity and temperature in various parts of the ship.


A grant has been made by the Friends of £3,500 towards the restoration and presentation of the 1840’s figurehead.

At the Friends' meeting on 29th November our Chairman, Dr Hugh Turner, and the Curator for the National Museum of the Royal Navy - Hartlepool, Miss. Clare Hunt, gave presentations about the celebrations for the Ship's 200th anniversary and on the activities and plans of the National Museum . See the EVENTS page for details of further meetings.




February 2018

On the 12th October 2017 it was 200 years since our ship, HMS Trincomalee, was handed over to the Royal Navy at the Bombay dockyard.


The Friends of HMS Trincomalee held a dinner party on Wednesday 11th October to celebrate this event, with our Patron, and guests.


A booklet was produced for the dinner which includes a ten sides article "Celebrating 200 years of HMS Trincomalee."


You can download this booklet by clicking on the front cover image on the left. ( 9.70 MB pdf)

Our honorary life member, Laurie Merrin, in the Captain's Cabin talking to the media on 12 October 2017, 200 years since the ship was handed over to the Royal Navy at Bombay.


He recalls his time on our ship, when it was called the Foudroyant during the Second World War.


See article QD020 HMS Foudroyant September 1943

Thanks go to Julian Reid, Archivist at Corpus Christi College Oxford, for sorting out the link between our Ship’s first Captain, Captain Philip Henry Bridges, and Robert Seymour Bridges OM (picture) who was poet laureate from 1913 to 1930.


The older brother of Captain Philip Bridges was Thomas Edward Bridges, Dean/President of Corpus Christi College Oxford from 1823 to 1843. The poet, Robert Bridges, was the great grandson of their uncle. The present, and 3rd Baron Bridges, Mark Bridges, is the great grandson of Robert Bridges. An article about Captain Philip Henry Bridges is in the archive section of this website.


After being handed over to the Royal Navy by the shipbuilders at Bombay Dockyard on 12th October 1817, our ship was launched a week later on 19th October 1817. This painting is by Lt. Col. Harold Wyllie who at one time used the Captain’s Cabin as his studio.

The Autumn 2017 issue of the Friends' magazine, Quarterdeck, was posted out to members on 11th November 2017.


A substantial part of this issue is devoted to the time that HMS Trincomalee was in Hartlepool in the nineteenth century.


There is also a report of the 200th anniversary celebrations held in October.


The prints show two different views of Hartlepool in the 1800s.

On 24th November 2017 the presentation, "Celebrating 200 years of HMS Trincomalee" was added to the online archives. The main part of it was originally presented by the Chairman of the Friends of HMS Trincomalee to the alumni, and alumnae of the Open University as the after-dinner speech at their annual weekend meeting last May.


Modified it now includes some photographs of the celebrations in October. The 9 sides of A4 can be downloaded as a pdf of 1.50MB - using the following link -


In the Captain's Cabin on 12th October 2017 - our Ship's 200th Birthday.

Our Secretary, Chairman, Lady de Saumarez and our Patron Lord de Saumarez on 12th October 2017

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