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

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 are presently restricted due to the Corona Virus. Prior to this they included the receipt of the society's magazine, Quarterdeck, three times a year, the ability to attend the Friends' events with free entry to the Historic Quay and HMS Trincomalee at the National Museum of the Royal Navy - Hartlepool. We are now left with our private facebook group for as long as it takes and digital transmission of the magazines.

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