HMS Trincomalee, built in Bombay in 1817 of Malabar teak, is the oldest British warship afloat.
She has won numerous awards including the World Ship Trust International Maritime Heritage Award, the North East England Large Visitor Attraction of the Year 2009 and a Business Award for Tourism & Leisure in 2010.
Such is the importance of HMS Trincomalee to the maritime history of this country, she has been identified as meriting inclusion within the Core Collection of the National Register of Historic Vessels of the United Kingdom. In 2010, she became the first affiliate to the National Museum of the Royal Navy. In 2014, she became part of the heritage fleet of that organisation alongside HMS Victory, HMS Alliance and HMS Caroline.