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Main mast removed from HMS Victory as repairs continue.

RIGGERS have removed the main topgallant mast from Nelson's flagship HMS Victory as part of major renovation works.

The fore topgallant yard and fore topsail yards have already been removed from the ship, which is based at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, Hampshire. The work, which is set to last 10 years, is the most extensive restoration since the ship was repaired after the damage it sustained at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805.

The last time Victory was seen without its top masts was in 1944.

The renovation to the world's oldest commissioned warship was ordered by the Ministry of Defence after a survey revealed that the 250-year-old ship, which is still the flagship of the second sea lord, was in urgent need of repair.

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Riggers remove the main topgallant mast from Nelson''s flagship HMS Victory at Portsmouth''s Historic Dockyard
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Aug 17, 2011
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