Christmas opening times

Over the Christmas period the Royal Observatory, National Maritime Museum, Cutty Sark and Queen's House will be open as usual. We are closed to the public from 24-26 December. Plan your next visit

Essential information

Opening times: 
10.00–17.00
Admission: 
Free
Location: 
National Maritime Museum, Second floor, Nelson Navy Nation gallery

Why has this cannonball been lodged in a piece of wood for over 200 years?

This 'round shot' smashed into the Victory at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. It is still mounted on the piece of the timber in which it lodged. 

Even when warships were locked together, their gun crews continued to fire at point blank range. 

The inscription reads 'This shot entered the bow of the Victory at the glorious battle of Trafalgar on the 21st October 1805 and lodged in the piece of timber in which it now lies.'

This cannon ball smashed into the Victory at the Battle of Trafalgar and is still mounted on the timber that it hit

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