VIC 56 passing London landmarks. Photos Anthony Furniss, Richard Beet.

VIC 56 passing London landmarks ready for Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant. Photos Anthony Furniss, Richard Beet


The VIC 56 is an eighty-five foot steam ship, built in 1945 as part of the wartime shipbuilding program, and now preserved in working order by a small group of volunteers. She is moored at Chatham Historic Dockyard, on the River Medway in England, is operated in steam a number of times each year, often to the Thames estuary area.

For most of her working life, the VIC 56 was used in Rosyth naval base as an ammunition vessel. She was due to be disposed in September 1978, but was bought for preservation by J. H. Cleary, the present owner.

VIC 56 at Sheerness in the Medway estuary in 2001. Photo J. Packer.

Photo: James Packer

Open days:

The VIC 56 is open to visitors a few times a year. To find out the dates for these open days, and how to get to the mooring, click here.

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