Visit the last surviving ship from Gallipoli – HMS M.33

Did you know the HMS M.33 is one of only three surviving Royal Navy warships of the First World War and she fought in the Gallipoli Campaign?

Furthermore, she is the only surviving ship from the Gallipoli campaign itself.

The ship is based in Portsmouth, just under two hours away from London, and you  can visit and walk right through the ship at the Royal Navy National Museum where she now sits.

Most of the allied fighters that fought at the Battle of Gallipoli in August 1915 were Australian and New Zealanders and it was a campaign that resulted in the loss of many lives.

When World War I broke out in 1914 there was a period of very fast construction for a number of ships. The HMS M.33 was built in just seven weeks.

Armed with a pair of 6-inch (152 mm) guns and having a shallow draught, M.33 was designed for coastal bombardment. It was commanded by Lieutenant Commander Preston-Thomas, and the first main operation was the Battle of Gallipoli.

The ship remained stationed at Gallipoli until the evacuation in January 1916.

The ship sits in No.1 Dock alongside HMS Victory in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. You start with a six metre descent into the bottom of the dock before stepping aboard.

There is an immersive battle experience which brings alive HMS M.33’s history, the stories of the men who served on board, and you can learn about the bloody history of the Gallipoli Campaign.

Getting there:

Trainline London Waterloo to Portsmouth

Car 1hr 45mins via the A3

 

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