HMS 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 Unicorn Preservation Society is working to protect and preserve HMS Unicorn for future generations to enjoy this incredible museum and piece of world history. Since 2014, The Unicorn Preservation Society (UPS) has been working to create a sustainable future for HMS Unicorn, which has led to the development of a major maritime project: Operation Safe Haven. HMS Unicorn will form the centre-piece exhibit of the new Dundee Maritime Heritage Centre, acting as a catalyst as Dundee re-discovers and celebrates its maritime past with the next stage of development of the city’s waterfront. Operation Safe Haven will see Unicorn moved to the dry dock where conservation work will continue.
The future preservation of the ship relies heavily on charitable donations and volunteers, to find out how you could assist please view www.hmsunicorn.org.uk/supporting-hms-unicorn
A single storey reception module has been built to provide on-shore visitor facilities. Conservation work continues on-board and visitors are advised to check the Unicorn's website for any temporary closures or restricted visitor hours that may impact on your proposed visit.