HM Frigate Unicorn is the oldest British-built ship still afloat, she was launched in 1824. The 46-gun wooden warship measures some 150 feet in length and was constructed at the Royal Dockyards at Chatham in Kent. Located in Dundee since 1873 the vessel served as a reserve training ship for nearly 100 years . Open to the public as a tourist attraction and private hire function venue.
The future preservation of the ship relies heavily on charitable donations and volunteers, to find out how you could assist please view http://www.frigateunicorn.org/help-unicorn.
A single storey reception module has been built to provide on-shore visitor facilities. Upgrade work is also being undertaken on the ship during spring 2018 and visitors are advised to check the Unicorn's website for any temporary closures or restricted visitor hours during that time.
(Above) Artists Impressions of the new reception module
Construction nearing completion: October 2017:
A New Future for the Unicorn:
The long term continued presence of the ship within Dundee is likely to involve permanently removing the ship from the water as the passage of time and weather continues to take its toll on the wooden structure of the vessel. One possibility is to house the Frigate Unicorn within the Graving Dock (dry dock) that currently exists to the east of where the ship is currently berthed.
The graving dock and the associated pumping house as category B listed historic structures which are currently unused.