Above - Painting of the Victory by Geoff Hunt
The wreck site of HMS Victory has recently been found but
Odyssey Marine International, who with the permission of the UK
government, recovered some items in order to establish that it
was in fact the wreck of HMS Victory that had sunk in the
English channel in 1744.
There has been some controversy over what to do with the wreck
but it is clear that the items on the surface are at risk due to
trawling and salvage due to the fact the position of the wreck
is know having been inadvertently published in a government
Select the image below to visit the Maritime Heritage Foundation
and take a virtual tour.
more about supporting the saving of this shipwreck
About HMS Victory
The predecessor to Nelson's favourite warship, HMS Victory
was launched in 1737 and later became the flagship of the
Channel Fleet. She was lost less than a decade later during a
violent storm in October 1744. The Victory is unique as
the only scientifically-studied wreck of a first-rate English
warship found in the world's oceans.
Between February and August 2012, Odyssey conducted, on
behalf of the Maritime Heritage Foundation, a comprehensive
non-disturbance survey that completed the non-disturbance
sections (phases 1-2) of the project design. The wide ranging
initiatives applied included side-scan and multibeam sonar,
production of two photomosaics, the recording of all surface
features, remote geophysical sensing for ferrous (FADE),
non-ferrous (TSS) and other sub-bottom imaging anomalies (SBI),
and an environmental and marine biological site assessment
contracted to the University of St. Andrews, Scotland. Three
sacrificial frames containing metal and wood samples were buried
offsite as part of an environmental studies program.
Five papers detailing this non-disturbance work have been
published, including 'HMS Victory (Site 25C). Preliminary
Results of the Non-Disturbance Shipwreck Survey, 2012.'
These scientific papers, as well as eight others related to
Victory, are available at
www.victory1744.org, a website dedicated to Victory
that includes a unique virtual dive trail.
About the Maritime Heritage Foundation
The Maritime Heritage Foundation is a registered
charity founded in April 2011 by its chairman, Lord Lingfield.
The Foundation's mission is to educate the public about maritime
heritage. The Victory 1744 Project is intended to further
that mission by conducting an archaeological excavation of the
shipwreck, recovering, conserving and studying cultural heritage
associated with the shipwreck, and sharing the information and
recovered artifacts with the public through exhibits,
publications, websites and educational programmes. The Maritime
Heritage Foundation is advised by its Scientific Advisory
Committee chaired by marine archaeologist, Dr. Margaret Rule.
The Foundation has selected Odyssey Marine Exploration to serve
as exclusive archaeological contractor for the project and Wreck
Watch International to serve as archaeological consultant.
About Odyssey Marine Exploration
Odyssey Marine Exploration, Inc. (Nasdaq:OMEX) is engaged in
deep-ocean exploration using innovative methods and state
of-the-art technology. Odyssey has surveyed and mapped more than
26,000 square miles of seabed and spent more than 15,000 hours
diving on shipwreck sites using advanced robotic technology. The
company has discovered hundreds of shipwrecks ranging from
fifth-century BC Punic sites to German U-boats and Colonial
Odyssey has published 43 archaeological and scientific papers
available online and in four volumes of hardbound Oceans Odyssey
books. More than 2 million people have been educated and
entertained by Odyssey's traveling exhibit, which features more
than 500 artifacts combined with shipwreck history. Odyssey's
finds are also available globally at OdysseysVirtualMuseum.com.
Odyssey's work has been featured in more than 16 hours of
prime-time TV programming on the Discovery Channel, National
Geographic programming on PBS, NBC, and MSNBC, as well as
National Geographic magazine and other national publications.
For additional details about Odyssey, visit
www.odysseymarine.com. You can also follow the company on
and Twitter (@OdysseyMarine).