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Hermes, in Greek Mythology, was the messenger of the gods, the son of the god Zeus and of Maia, the daughter of the Titan Atlas.
As the special servant and courier of Zeus, Hermes had winged sandals and a winged hat and bore a golden Caduceus, or magic wand entwined with snakes and surmounted by wings.
He conducted the souls of the dead to the underworld and was believed to possess magical powers over sleep and dreams. Hermes was also the god of commerce and the protector of traders and herds. As the deity of athletes, he protected gymnasiums and stadia and was believed to be responsible for both good luck and wealth.
Hermes was represented in early Greek art as a mature, bearded man; in classical art he became an athletic youth, nude and beardless.
Directors, Trustees and Members of the Trust are all unpaid volunteers whose mission is to keep alive the memory of this great ship. If you would like to help, please get in touch.
The Trust was initially setup to purchase INS Viraat from India and to convert her in to The HMS Hermes, INS Viraat Commonwealth Museum.
We want to bring together the veterans from both UK and India with one common cause - to keep alive the camaraderie we all shared on board the ship we loved and promote her memory alongside previous versions of HMS Hermes
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