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HMS Warrior is a 40-gun steam-powered armoured frigate built for the Royal Navy in 1859–1861. She was the name ship of the Warrior-class ironclads. Warrior and her sister ship HMS Black Prince were the first armour-plated, iron-hulled warships, and were built in response to France's launching in 1859 of the first ocean-going ironclad warship, the wooden-hulled Gloire. Warrior conducted a publicity tour of Great Britain in 1863 and spent her active career with the Channel Squadron. Obsolescent following the 1871 launching of the mastless and more capable HMS Devastation, she was placed in reserve in 1875, and was "paid off" – decommissioned – in 1883.
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Warrior is completely renovated to first launch appearance. This provides a great insight, but also a hands on experience as most of the on board items are reproductions and can therefore be touch, sat on etc.
Huge piece of history! Beautiful refurbished one of most important British ships! One of Portsmouth's Old Dockyard Museum Highlights! Deffo worth to see!
Transitional ship of mid 19th century. You can begin to see the modern navy. A mixture of old and new, sail and steam. A must see in the heritage dockyard.
Excellent interior presentation. Far, far less crowded than HMS Victory (currently without topmasts and yards), and still historically very significant. Thoroughly recommended
The Warrior is a wonderful experience. We got the Historic Dockyard tickets for 11 exhibits, valid for a year. Good value for the extra £7, assuming you can get back (I'd allow more than an hour for each exhibit). It's quite a large ship, with lots of detail to look into. My only complaint was that there was little by way of description, nor any electronic guide. You have to rely on the human guides on board, and we got a real good'n! The people who organise these things should talk to those in other exhibits, to establish best practice and have consistency. The Victory had a great electronic speaking guide (when the scanners worked) but was not as good when it came to humans!
Brilliant place to visit, one of the few floating museums and full of information and history👍
A beautifully preserved museum which my young family really enjoyed exploring.
H. M. S. Warrior is a marvellous insight into the the naval move from Sail to Steam. This metal clad was the flagship of the Royal Navies continued progress to be rulers of the waves.
Having visited this dockyard in August and September 2017, it brought back many memories for me having sailed out from there in 1963 on H.M.S. Venus to the Azores. I was then a Cook in the Royal Navy serving at H.M.S Ganges in Suffolk. It was a cold winter day then and I was over the side of the ship scrubbing it clean before we sailed. Arriving at the entrance it was a bit disconcerting to see the queues of people waiting to get in. The queue took 40 minutes to allow where I was to arrive at the ticket gate. A bag search told me I was to leave my Monopod with them for safe keeping at the ticket office. This also applies to Tripods for camera equipment so remember this. The first ship you see is the H.M.S Warrior on the left hand side dock. This ship was the fastest, largest and most powerful warship in the world when she was launched. Such was her reputation that enemy fleets were intimidated by her obvious supremacy and deterred from attacking Britain at sea although she never fired a shot in anger. HMS Warrior was a 40 gun steam powered armoured frigate built for the Royal Navy. She was the name ship of the Warrior-class ironclads. Warrior and her sister ship HMS Black Prince were the first armour-plated, iron-hulled warships, and were built in response to France's launching in 1859 of the first ocean-going ironclad warship, the wooden-hulled Gloire. Warrior conducted a publicity tour of Great Britain in 1863 and spent her active career with the Channel Squadron. On board HMS Warrior which was launched in 1860, Britain’s first iron-hulled, armoured battleship. The ship is powered by steam and sail and was the largest, fastest and most powerful warship of her day and had a lasting influence on naval architecture and design. Work and life on board reflected both the changes the Royal Navy experienced as it evolved into a professional service and shifts in Victorian society.Built to encounter the latest of the French ships, Warrior was, in her time, the ultimate sea warrior. Yet by creating a new era in naval technology, she very soon became outdated. After 22 years’ service, Warrior’s hull was to be used as a depot, floating school and an oil jetty. Painstakingly restored in Hartlepool and then back home to Portsmouth since 1987, Warrior is a unique survivor of the once formidable Victorian Navy and now serves as a museum ship, visitor attraction, popular private hire venue and more. HMS Warrior was rescued in the 1980’s, restored and brought back home to Portsmouth and is owned by Warrior Preservation Trust, an independent charity. Sadly, time has it taken its toll and today she is in a sorry state - her bulwarks, which keep her watertight, have failed and are deteriorating to a point which places her at significant risk.
This is visit is a must for all nautical fans - combine it with visit to the HMS Victory and the dockyard for an amazing day with panoramic views of the surrounding area. I would say however it is not ideal for those with mobility problems as there are lots of ladders many very steep and lots of cannon balls laying around you may not see if your concentrating on moving around however there is a stair lift to the first lower deck. I took the self-guided visit on a very quiet afternoon with literally no one else on board I almost had the ship to myself allowing me to really take my time. There are very friendly, knowledgeable staff all over the vessel to answer any questions. The restoration of this vessel has been amazing and despite the fact it's service was short-lived and it never saw action, the historical impact it gives to you really gives an insight into life at sea all those years ago. Well worth a visit if your in Portsmouth
HMS Warrior is an impressive vessel and well worth the visit. Just the size of it took us by surprise and it gets even better as you go below decks to see the gun deck and where the sailors lived and worked. Exploring does involve a lot of climbing up and down steep steps, but it really is worth it.
A truly fascinating experience although ticket prices are steep! The interior of the ship is also restored in its full 19th century glory. There was plenty of staff explaining the history and asking my dumb questions.
Really enjoyed visiting the warrior. Well restored and upkeep. Friendly knowledgeable staff. Worth a visit, not my favourite in the historic dockyard but still really enjoyable look in to history
Loved every second of it. A very interims ship because it's a cross between a sail ship and a more modern battle ship. Being the first metal ship in the world it's a unique snap shot from a time of transition.
Very impressive. Bristling with fire power. A fabulous display of naval might. As expected, restoration work is ongoing.