250 years ago HMS Victory, the flagship of Lord Nelson during the Battle of Trafalgar, was launched.
He lost his life on board her on that October day in 1805, but his Royal Navy fleet were victorious over the maritime forces of the French and Spanish.
As a result, Lord Nelson became one of Britain's greatest war heroes, and HMS Victory has held a place in the nations hearts ever since.
And a new exhibition has now begun at Chatham Dockyard in Kent to celebrate the occasion, where the world's oldest commissioned warship was first launched.
Cover photo courtesy of David Hewitt via Wikimedia Commons.