Launched in 1860, when the British Empire dominated trade and industry, HMS 'Warrior' was the pride of Queen Victoria's fleet. Powered by steam and sail she was the largest, fastest and most powerful ship of her day and had a lasting influence on naval architecture and design.
Echoing shifts in Victorian society, work and life on board reflected many of the social changes the Royal Navy experienced as it evolved into a professional service from the mid-nineteenth century.
Thanks to the Warrior Preservation Trust the ship has been restored as close to her 1860’s condition as possible. Stepping on board allows visitors to enter the world of a Victorian sailor: envisaging the ship’s company going ashore, sitting at a mess deck table and joining in a gun drill.