One of Dundee's iconic attractions is the HMS Unicorn. Located on the city's Victoria Dock, the HMS Unicorn is one of the oldest and most historic vessels left in the world and is a mighty survivor of the Georgian Navy. The ship stands out from other boats for its unique craftsmanship and architecture. At the time of her construction and design, it was the heart of the industrial revolution and the HMS Unicorn is the only living example of the transition from the traditional wooden style ships of the 18th century, towards the more iron fitted ships of the 19th century.
Launched in 1824, she is the fighting frigate that never went to war, and is now a remarkable museum. HMS Unicorn was built in the 1820's, a period of history called 'Pax Britannica', or 'British peace', which was a period of relative peace between the Great Powers. So although the HMS Unicorn was built with war in mind, no war ever came for her to fight in. However, HMS Unicorn did go on to have a key role in the training and recruitment of the Royal Naval Reserves and was brought up to Dundee - the sunniest city in Scotland - to act as a fully fitted drillship.
HMS Unicorn is now a popular tourist attraction and museum, where visitors have a chance to board the ship, hear from the knowledgeable guides, see the latest exhibitions, and take in the ships rich history.