HMS Victory; First-Rate, 1765
by Ballantyne, Iain & Jonathan Eastland
HMS “Victory” is probably the best-known historic ship in the world. A symbol of the Royal Navyís achievements during the great age of sail, she is based in Portsmouth and seen by tens of thousands of visitors each year. This takes the reader on a superbly illustrated tour of the ship, from bow to stern and deck by deck. Significant parts of the vessel, such as the capstan, steering gear, armament, brody stove, cockpit, stern cabins, are covered in detail. In addition, the importance of the ship, both in her own time and now as a museum vessel, is explained, while her design and build, her fighting career and her life prior to restoration and exhibition are all described.