HMS Victory masts removed at start of restoration


A huge crane has begun the process of removing the masts from HMS Victory in Portsmouth at the start of a major restoration project.

Surveys revealed that the warship, on which Admiral Lord Nelson was killed at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805, was leaking, suffering from rot and being pulled apart by its own weight.

In the coming weeks 26 miles (42km) of rigging will be removed.

A team of master shipwrights and other specialist staff employed by BAE Systems is carrying out the operation.

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