Five fantastic pictures of Hartlepool from the sky

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Twenty-first Century technology has shone a new light on Hartlepool’s historic past.

Award-winning photographer Owen Humphreys has used a drone to help him take these fascinating photographs of Hartlepool’s Historic Quay.

Ahead of the National Museum of the Royal Navy’s reopening on Monday, May 17, the pictures spotlight its key exhibits – the warship HMS Trincomalee and paddle steamer Wingfield Castle – as well as capturing nearby landmarks such as Hartlepool United Football Club’s Victoria Park ground.

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The views also stretch as far as the wind turbines close to the A19.

Mr Humphreys, who works for the Press Association news agency, modestly wrote on Twitter after publishing his photos: “A bird’s eye view of the National Museum of the Royal Navy Hartlepool and the stunning tall ship HMS Trincomalee.”

The museum, which recreates an 18th Century seaport, promises “an action-packed daily programme of activities you won’t find anywhere else” when it reopens.

General manager Roslyn Adamson said: “We are so excited to welcome our visitors back to our site.

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"Last year was absolutely devastating as Hartlepool was subject to prolonged local restrictions in addition to national lockdowns.

Hartlepool Historic Quay from the sky.Hartlepool Historic Quay from the sky.
Hartlepool Historic Quay from the sky.

"These restrictions were obviously necessary to protect our local community but we are glad to be able to open our doors again and welcome everyone back safely.

"It was so sad seeing what is normally a busy and energetic site so empty and it has had a catastrophic impact on our income.

"We know that HMS Trincomalee holds a special place in the heart of the local community and we are appealing to them to come back and support her this year.”

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HMS Trincomalee, Britain’s oldest floating warship, dates back to the early 19th Century while the Wingfield Castle featured in hit 1980 Victorian movie The Elephant Man.

HMS Trincomalee as seen from the sky via a drone.HMS Trincomalee as seen from the sky via a drone.
HMS Trincomalee as seen from the sky via a drone.

All museum tickets have to be pre-booked for allocated timed slots with track and trace confirmation and hygiene measures required.

It will be open daily from 10am-4pm and further information about entry is available at

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