Keel - Bomb Damage Repair

  • Present at Launch - No
  • Present at Trafalgar - No
  • Present Pre-1923 - None. Modern teak repair

Victory’s keel is made of English Elm from the forests near Portsmouth. It is believed to be almost entirely ‘as launched’, except for a 4.5 metre section that was damaged during a 1941 air raid when a 250-kilogram high explosive bomb hit the masonry steps of the dock and exploded.

A hole, 2.5 metres by 4.5 metres was torn in her hull planking, and 4.5 m of her original keel destroyed. This was repaired using teak and galvanised steel fastenings in 1955.