On 6th April 2015 the National Museum of the Royal Navy was holding their inaugural fundraising event in Los Angeles in conjunction with Cunard Lines. The fundraising luncheon was held on board Cunard’s Queen Victoria, during her stay in San Pedro. Craig and Eileen were attending in the name of Brits in LA.
The event was being held in aid of the multimillion pound campaign required for the preservation and conservation of HMS Victory, arguably the world’s most famous war ship and an international symbol of democracy. HMS Victory is the only 18th Century ship of the line still to be found anywhere in the world.
The event itself was hosted by Vice Admiral Sir Adrian Johns KCB CBE KStJ ADC, with all funds raised from the event will be helping to preserve HMS Victory.
This is an extremely exciting time as to expand the fundraising into the USA and work to save this vital piece of British history. One of the most exciting aspects of the event is that the ‘Face of Nelson’ will be present at the dinner. This Life Mask, cast from Admiral Lord Nelson’s face in 1798, is one of only four in existence and is the only one in the world capable of coming to the USA. Making this a truly unique and special event, as it brings a significant part of British history to the United States.