Photo: Ian Petticrew

The HMS Trincomalee is a Royal Navy sailing frigate which has been fully refurbished and is now a fascinating museum in Hartlepool. It exhibits information and artefacts about the ship’s history and British maritime. Open all year long, HMS Trincomalee is Britain’s oldest warship afloat, taking a place of pride at Graving Dock as the main attraction of Hartlepool’s Maritime Experience.

Built in Bombay for the Admirality in 1817, the HMS Trincomalee is one of the last of the commissioned frigates from the Nelson Era. She serviced the West Indies and the Pacific throughout most of the nineteenth century, a time when sea power became a forefront industry in the expansion of the major powers of the day (namely Europe). She then took up her role as a training vessel in Portsmouth, but by the time they finished with her in Portsmouth, she was in a poor condition.

Between 1990 and 2001, the ship was lovingly restored to its former glory, a project that received widespread acclaim and recognition. Visit HMS Trincomalee and learn tales of bloody wars and rat-infested cabins as you discover the bravery that was required to board the ship, and survive its treacherous journeys around the globe.


HMS Trincomalee Trust, Jackson Dock, Maritime Avenue, Hartlepool, TS24 0XZ
Tel: 01429 223193
Times: November – March, daily, 11am – 4pm
April – October, daily, 10am – 5pm