Drawn and directed by John Morgan studio
Painted by Phil Surey
Guidance and historical research 
by James Mosley
October 2015

The name of HMS Victory, the oldest ship of the Royal Navy still in commission, launched in 1765, has been repainted. When Victory was repainted, many times over, during the 19th and 20th centuries, the name was naturally also redone, so the original letters were replaced. In 2005, when the ship was refurbished for the two-hundredth anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar, the name was painted in a roman letter that was based on the inscription on the Column of Trajan in Rome, a style which was used during the 20th century for lettering on many historical monuments. Unfortunately this was a style that was quite unknown in Britain in 1805. During the current repainting of the ship, the style of the name has been painted in a bold and vigorous style that is based on the traditional lettering that is known to have been in use at that date. (James Mosley)