The what's, why's, how's and other related info..

HMS VICTORY is the only surviving warship that fought in the American War of Independence, the French Revolutionary War and the Napoleonic wars.  In the latter she served as Lord Nelson's flagship at the decisive Battle of Trafalgar in 1805.  Her career began some 40 years earlier.  Ordered by the Navy Board on 6 June 1759 during the Seven Years' war, this first rate 100 gun ship was designed by the Surveyor of the Navy, Sir Thomas Slade. Building commenced at Chatham Dockyard on 23 July 1759 under Master Shipwright John Lock and was completed by Edward Allen on 7 May 1765.
Read more on the official HMS Victory site.

Photos of the project categorised into stages

Started May 2011, and completed in May 2014 the project took 3 years and was well worth it.

There were many stages to the project.  To avoid monotony and OH&S issues we tended to swap around a bit. 

View photos of the stages »