HMS Monitor M33
This ship is one of only two British First World War warships to survive both the war and the ravages of time. She is a monitor or coastal bombardment vessel. Her shallow draught allowed her to steam, or to be towed, close in to the enemy coast where her 6 inch guns could then be brought to bear on the target.
She is now berthed just to the side and astern of Nelson's flagship HMS Victory in the Portsmouth Naval Dockyard.
Although visitor access is not yet possible, her position in No 1 dry dock presents an ideal opportunity to get a closer look at this historic vessel. Many original features, removed during a long and varied life, are being replaced or faithfully reconstructed to restore the exterior of the ship as near as possible to her 1915-1919 configuration.
M33 is managed by Hampshire County Council Museums Service.