Welcome to the website of the Friends of HMS Trincomalee.

There is plenty of information relating to our ship’s history on our ARCHIVE page which is free to download, please credit the Friends should you use this material elsewhere.

The PUZZLES page may entertain you for a while, and if you are interested in joining us please look at the JOIN US section.

The Friends of HMS Trincomalee is a registered charity run by volunteers to support the preservation, exhibiting and promotion of our 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 three Quarterdeck magazines a year, the ability to partake in our events and to know that you are supporting the preservation and presentation of our ship, HMS Trincomalee (previously TS Foudroyant).

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