The Summer 2017 issue of the Friends' magazine, Quarterdeck, was mailed out to members on 6th July, together with their invitations to our Dinner Party at Hartlepool to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the launch of HMS Trincomalee.
The last meeting of the Friends was on Wednesday 24th May 2017, at the Historic Quay in Hartlepool.
Colin Hatton gave an enthralling presentation entitled "The Great War at Sea".
The sun was out, and thanks go to Bill Telford for his pictures of Colin and our ship.
The Friends' next meeting is our Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 13th September 2017, followed by Professor Captain (rtd) Iain Moffat RD DL RNR talking on "The Longest Battle - the Atlantic 1939-45".
At their meeting on Tuesday 11th April 2017 the Trustees of the Friends of HMS Trincomalee all agreed to make a grant of £10,000 to the Trincomalee Trust to help with the much needed caulking of the ship.
Clare Hunt, Curator & Bob Monsen, Shipwright
On 1st February the Chair of the Friends, Hugh Turner met with the General Manager of the National Museum of the Royal Navy – Hartlepool, Roslyn Adamson, over coffee at the Wingfield Castle.
This was their first meeting, and they looked at how the working relationship between the two organisations may develop in the future.
The Trustees have also approved a grant of £3,500 to the National Museum of the Royal Navy Hartlepool towards the restoration, preservation and display of the ship’s 1840s figurehead presently in storage at the Historic Quay.
Last month the Trustees provided full funding for 12 humidity-temperature monitors with associated software, to assist with identifying problem areas on the ship, together with a museum vacuum machine.
On 23rd February the Chair met with the Curator at the National Museum of the Royal Navy, Clare Hunt.
The Friends' meetings returned to the Historic Quay this year. On Wednesday 22nd February 2017, Steve Frost launched us into our 2017 season with a captivating talk to us about the “Port of Hartlepool, Ships and Industry”.
Andrew Baines of the National Museum of the Royal Navy gave us an informative presentation on Wednesday 29th March entitled "My Role as Head of Ships".
On Wednesday 26th April, John Megson, the previous Chair of the Trincomalee Trust, entertained us with his presentation "Unusual Adventure Holidays".
The next issue of the Quarterdeck, Autumn 2017, is due to be posted out in the second week of November.
Lord & Lady de Saumarez with guide Richard Davison
Our Patron, Rt. Hon. Lord de Saumarez of Guernsey, is coming to join other Friends and their guests at our celebratory silver service dinner party on 11th October.