Surti built oldest surviving UK warship

AHMEDABAD: India has been shamed in front of the world, thanks to crumbling bridges and cracking ceilings at the Common Wealth village. But, about 200 years ago the same Indian hands built for the
British empire a warship which still stands tall. The oldest surviving British warship — HMS Trincomalee
— was built by Surti boat builders, the Wadia family, in Mumbai

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  • Sir Mehernosh Shroff

    1816 – May: Work finally began on HMS Trincomalee at the Wadia Shipyards at Bombay, near the teak forests of Malabar. Master shipbuilder Jamsetjee Bomanjee Wadia supervised construction, one of 14 ships he would build for the Royal navy during his life. In accordance with Zoroastrian tradition, an engraved silver nail was hammered into the keel to ensure the vessel’s well-being (little did they know how well it would work!)

    1817 – 12 October
    Trincomalee was launched amid great celebrations. The cost of her construction was £23,000. HMS Trincomalee Trust
    Jackson Dock
    Maritime Avenue
    TS24 0XZ
    Telephone: 01429 223193
    Fax: 01429 864385


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