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Watts, P.
Notes on the preservation of HMS Victory and her restoration to her Trafalgar condition
Transactions of the Institution of Naval Architects
vol. 65, 38448, pp. 1-5

Accession No.1248


In 1905 Sir Phillip Watts had been able to report that the Victory was still "in good repair." However, by 1923 this was no longer the case and she had been in danger of foundering at the moorings where she was in full sight of everyone entering or leaving Portsmouth Harbour. It had been found necessary to put the ship in dry dock "where she now lies and is intended to lie as long as skill and loving care can keep her intact." Sir Phillip remarked on the wonderful longevity of a ship that was launched in 1765 and was still able to bear the strain of docking in 1922.