Portsmouth hotel hosts archaeological team excavating 18th Century warship

The Royal Maritime Club in Portsmouth has hosted a team of maritime archaeologists who worked on an eight-week excavation of the HMS Invincible.

The French ship, built in 1744, was captured by the British in 1747 and used by the Royal Navy until it sank to the sea bed in 1758 after hitting a sandbank. According to the group it is believed to be one of the most significant warships ever built.

The property, which is one of the oldest hotels in Portsmouth, was established in Queen Street in 1850 and originally used as a sailors’ home for those who were ‘between ships’.

Jessica Berry, CEO of the Maritime Archaeology Sea Trust, said: “The Royal Maritime Club is a superb venue and suits us well. Its location is ideally placed for access to the docks and because of its own history and links with the Royal Navy, the hotel is hugely atmospheric and inspirational. The service is superb, and nothing is too much trouble for the team there. We will definitely be returning.”

John Alderson, general manager, added: “We are very proud that such an important project was based at the hotel. Our whole ethos is to deliver a bespoke service so I’m personally delighted that the team had such a positive experience. We very much look forward to welcoming them back next year.”

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