The Crew | HMS VictoryAt the time of Trafalgar, Victory had a crew of 821 men. It would have been possible to sail and manoeuvre the ship with far fewer, but large numbers were needed to man her guns and fight in battle. From the Admiral like Nelson, down to the 31 boys on board, each person had a distinct role to play.
HMS Vanguard was the last battleship commissioned into the Royal Navy: laid down as a 'one off' on the outbreak of war in 1939 to make use of the 8 stored 15 in guns from light battlecruisers Glorious and Courageous (converted to carriers), competing resource priorities meant she was not completed till 1946. She stayed in service till 1960.
HMS Norfolk (78) was a County class heavy cruiser of the British Royal Navy, along with her sister ship Dorsetshire, she was part of a planned four-ship subclass. She served throughout World War II. (Diagram A)