From the story of the world's only surviving tea clipper, Cutty Sark, and the voyages of discovery made by Captain Cook's sloop HMS Resolution, to the evolution of shipbuilding and design through the ages, we delve into the fascinating history of ships and boats.

The first Royal dockyard was constructed during the reign of King Henry VII, when trade between continents was burgeoning. 

The introduction of steam power in the 19th century revolutionised the shipping industry and made Britain a world-leader in shipbuilding.

The Royal Navy ship models from the 17th to 19th centuries are of immense historical value. They are unique records of the development of warship design.

The East India Company employed Asian seamen known as 'Lascars' in the 17th century, who served on European ships.

A captain going down with his sinking ship is one of the strongest and most honourable traditions of the sea.

The Royal Navy's ship HMS Ark Royal is the fifth by that name to have served the Crown.

During the 17th to 19th centuries, the British Royal Navy had a number of unrated vessels under the command of lieutenants and commanders.

Portsmouth is a major British naval base. Nelson left from Portsmouth on board HMS Victory to go to the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805.

Royal Naval Dockyards were used to build navy ships during the 17th and 18th centuries. The Navy Board was responsible for running them.

The Terra Nova was built in 1884 as a whaling ship but became better known for her role in Polar exploration and her association with Captain Scott. 

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