THE bid to make HMS Trincomalee an international star is already under way, officials have confirmed.
The Hartlepool Mail revealed yesterday how Hartlepool’s iconic tourist attraction had become a full subsidiary of the National Museum of the Royal Navy (NMRN), giving her the same national standing as HMS Victory.
After the announcement, ship and museum officials met the press officially for the first time in the Captain’s Cabin of the vessel.
Dominic Tweddle, the director general of the National Museum of the Royal Navy, said the work to put Trincomalee on the international map would be felt almost immediately.
He said: “There are all sorts of things that we can do now. We want to get more people through the ship and that is a marketing challenge. The ship is good but we can do more.”
He said the first wave of benefits would come through marketing the ship on a massive scale, improving the “already superb” visitor experience to the tourist destination which currently attracts 50,000 people a year, and through fundraising.
Some of that could be to bring in money for the 200th anniversary of the ship, said Mr Tweddle.
John Megson, the chairman of the HMS Trincomalee Trust, said the ship “had now sailed into a new chapter in her life and it is better equipped from the considerable firepower of the National Museum of the Royal Navy family.”
He said the new status would “increase the profile regionally, nationally and internationally” and further improve the economy of the town.
Christopher Akers-Belcher, the leader of Hartlepool Borough Council, said the Trincomalee was an important part of the future for Hartlepool.
He added: “When we launched the Hartlepool Vision master plan, part of that was very much around making Hartlepool an excellent place to visit, and for HMS Trincomalee to be a full subsidiary of the National Museum of the Royal Navy is great news for the town.
“What better way to increase the visitor numbers and boost the local economy. We very much look forward to working further with the HMS Trincomalee Trust and the National Museum of the Royal Navy”.