Re-painting HMS Victory

Built 250 years ago HMS Victory is the world’s oldest naval ship still in commission. For the last 100 years she has sat pride of place in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, and welcomed millions of visitors on board her decks.

HMS Victory Video Paint Samples

Studying paint samples from HMS Victory. The black marks are possibly burns from the Battle of Trafalgar.

In 2015 alongside Maritime Films UK, Copia Productions were asked to make a series of short films about her restoration. The first film titled ‘In her true colours’ covered the repainting of her exterior in the original 1805 colour scheme.

The film was structured around interviews with the restoration team, general views of the ships, sequences of the work being carried out and a timelapse sequence running continuously over a four month period.

Shot over the summer of 2015 the finished film was then broadcast via social media in October to coincide with Trafalgar Day. The film was picked up by several media outlets and received a staggering 350,000 views over in the first 12 hours.

The film is now a part of the exhibition which is currently on board HMS Victory and can be viewed by members of the pubic visiting the dockyards.