The gun deck of the HMS Warrior has been fully restored.
I visited the HMS Warrior on a trip to England a few years back, and it was a fascinating experience to see the first iron-hulled battleship ever built. The ship was built in 1860 and is still watertight, but needs urgent repairs.
The HMS Warrior at Portsmith where she is docked permanently.
The UK National Lottery fronted with £2.6 million (US$3.8M) from their Heritage Lottery Fund to help fix the floating museum, and to improve the visitor experience.
The historic ship is docked at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and is visited by 260,000 people each year.
Traveling in style - the captain's cabin in the 155-year-old vessel.
The preservation works is expected to take two years.
It will include repairs to the bulwarks and water bar between the deck and the iron hull which are deteriorating, putting the ship 'at significant risk.'
And the ship is giving a former Navy man a rare privilege as this comment shows: