This event is a Maritime Heritage Trust Friends visit, with guided maritime history tour, records and exhibits of local shipbuilding history and preserved vessels including historic paddle steamer Wingfield Castle.
Set alongside an authentically created historic quayside of the 1800s, HMS Trincomalee, Europe's oldest warship still afloat, was built in Bombay, India in 1817. Trincomlaee was one of the last of Nelson's powerful frigates and is now part of the National Museum of the Royal Navy.
This visit will include a guided tour including the story of her conservation - masts, rigging and 46 guns, the fine Captain's quarters and the rope-making store below deck. Additionally the Fighting Ships experience provides the everyday drama of life on board HMS Prosperity around the year 1800, a powerful insight into the tough lives of sailors from around the time of Trafalgar.
Adjoining Trincomalee is the Hartlepool Museum, the home of major collections on the maritime history of the north east as well as the history of Hartlepool. This includes steam engines, ship models, local boats and the story of the Hartlepool monkey. Outside the Museum is moored the PSS Wingfield Castle, a restored former Humber paddle steamer now featuring a restaurant.
Sunday 23rd Sep 2018 2pm: meet at Main entrance, National Museum of the Royal Navy, Hartlepool for tour of HMS Trincomalee and adjoining exhibits. Museum closes at 5pm.
Monday 24th Sep 2018 10.30am: meet at entrance to Hartlepool Museum for visit to archive on north east shipbuilding followed by lunch at the Museum.
Cost £30 - includes tour and admission to all displays on both days but not meals or accommodation. Friends of the National Museum of the Royal Navy: admission free.
Join the Maritime Heritage Trust at: maritimeheritage.org.uk/friends