Britain naval heritage

Lord Nelson's legendary flagship HMS Victory branded 'a tragedy'

From The Daily Mail

The government today sparked uproar by revealing Lord Nelson's legendary flagship HMS Victory could be given away to a private owner as a cost cutting measure.

The Ministry of Defence revealed the historic 18th century warship may be too expensive to maintain and her funding is currently under review.

This could see her passed to a private firm or given to a charity to save cash, which critics say would be 'a tragedy'.

The MoD argues that increasing budgetary pressures mean it must review Victory's future like any other ship.

But a former Commanding Officer of Victory and ex-First Sea Lord said handing over the oldest commissioned warship in the world to a private company would make a mockery of Britain's naval heritage.