Brand New for Christmas – The HMS Unicorn Guidebook

A new guidebook for HMS Unicorn has just been released in time for Christmas.

At 195 years young, the ship is one of the oldest warships still afloat in the world and continues to be a popular destination for locals and tourists alike.

Thanks to our great team of volunteers, HMS Unicorn has got a brand-new guidebook for Christmas 2019. Our volunteers have been working hard over the past 6 months with writing, designing and illustrating the publication, which will be the perfect souvenir and gift for visitors and friends of the ship.

Justin Dempster, co author, signing copies of the guidebooks.

With Christmas approaching, the HMS Unicorn Guidebook will make the perfect gift for anyone interested in the history of ships, the Royal Navy and the City of Dundee. It is available to purchase on board or can be posted out. To find out more please call 01382 200900 or email

The guidebook traces HMS Unicorn’s journey from Chatham Dockyards in 1824 to the men and women stationed on board during the Second World War. The unique design and construction of the ship are also highlighted such as her distinctive elliptical stern and iron fittings.

Billy Rough, HMS Unicorn’s operations manager, said: “We have such a talented crew of volunteers on board and they have created a really beautiful guide for our irreplaceable ship.”

Justin Dempster, HMS Unicorn volunteer and co-author of the guidebook, added: “Writing this new guide was a great experience. It’s lovely to see it in print and I hope everyone else can now enjoy a deeper appreciation of this unique ship and her history.”

A special thanks goes to The RJ Larg Family Charitable Trust who funded the publication. Without their generous support this new guidebook would not have been possible.

Merry Christmas from the HMS Unicorn team!