National Historic Ships UK

National Historic Ships UK National Historic Ships UK is the official voice for historic vessels in the United Kingdom
National Historic Ships UK is a government funded, independent organisation which gives objective advice to UK governments and local authorities, funding bodies, and the historic ships sector on all matters relating to historic vessels in the UK.
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National Historic Ships UK is a government funded, independent organisation which gives objective advice to UK governments and local authorities, funding bodies, and the historic ships sector on all matters relating to historic vessels in the UK. It is successor to the advisory committee on National Historic Ships, set up as a non-departmental advisory body in July 2006. In turn, that organisation followed on from the National Historic Ships Committee, which emerged from a seminar held in 1991 to discuss the problems facing the preservation of historic ships and vessels in the UK and the evident neglect of this important part of our heritage. National Historic Ships UK carries a wide remit, looking not only at the immediate issues concerning historic vessels in the UK, but also addressing questions relating to the support infrastructure for historic ships, their potential for contributing in the wider economic, social and community context, and maintaining a watch list of vessels abroad with potential UK significance. Strong support was expressed for the creation of a co-ordinating body which could provide an overview of all aspects of historic ship preservation and the Committee was formally launched on 15 July 1992 by Lord Lewin, then Chairman of Trustees of the National Maritime Museum. National Historic Ships UK, carries a wide remit, looking not only at the immediate issues concerning historic vessels in the United Kingdom, but also addressing questions relating to the support infrastructure for historic ships, their potential for contributing in the wider economic, social and community context, and by maintaining a watch list of vessels abroad with potential UK significance.

Mission: National Historic Ships UK carries a wide remit, looking not only at the immediate issues concerning historic vessels in the UK, but also addressing questions relating to the support infrastructure for historic ships, their potential for contributing in the wider economic, social and community context, and maintaining a watch list of vessels abroad with potential UK significance. Our aims are set out in our annual reports.

27/05/2020
The Danny - Daniel Adamson a 1903 steamship with a unique story

The Danny - Daniel Adamson a 1903 steamship with a unique story have shared this great video/song for their educational groups

#ShipshapeNetworkNorthWest https://www.nationalhistoricships.org.uk/page/shipshape/daniel-adamson-preservation-society-liverpool

Here is the history of our 1903 Steamship in music and images as performed by our supporter Bernie (Eden) Thomas.

We often use this song for our educational groups.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2tDYEgAws5c

27/05/2020

Hi everyone, we'd like to get a sense of how many organisations in our sector have been able to benefit from the National Lottery Emergency Fund and government support schemes.

Please can you feed back to us if you have received grants, have proved ineligible, or are still looking for other support?
You can message us via this Group page, or via National Historic Ships UK, or our twitter @NatHistShips, or email: [email protected]

Those who have already sent impact statements do not need to respond, unless you wish to update what you've already sent.

Thank you!

Historic England
26/05/2020

Historic England

Today is the 80th anniversary of Operation Dynamo, otherwise known as the Dunkirk Evacuation.

Allied military commanders had fatally underestimated the strength and strategy of the enemy, and over 338,000 men were trapped in the French port of Dunkirk. Immediate evacuation by sea was the only option.

Read more: https://bit.ly/3fYlFVu

'Meet the Team' at the Boat Building Academy...#ShipshapeNetworkSouthWest https://www.nationalhistoricships.org.uk/page/...
26/05/2020

'Meet the Team' at the Boat Building Academy...

#ShipshapeNetworkSouthWest https://www.nationalhistoricships.org.uk/page/boat-building-academy-lyme-regis

A familiar face to all who pass through the workshop doors, the next in our 'Meet the Team' series focuses on tutor Mike Broome.

#boatbuilding #woodenboats #boats #restoration #woodwork #training #skills #talent #sea #ocean #adventure #careers #marine #woodworking #wood #sailing #sailingboat #education

British Marine

Vote now for your Photo of the Week!Pop over to our Instagram page atwww.instagram.com/nationalhistoricships/to vote for...
26/05/2020

Vote now for your Photo of the Week!

Pop over to our Instagram page at

www.instagram.com/nationalhistoricships/

to vote for your favourite of this week's entries in our 2020 Photo Competition.

All weekly winners will go forward to our People's Choice Award final in September and could win a Go-Pro camera, donated by our sponsor Robbins Timber.

Photo A: "Rotting on the Medway" by Mark Heffer

Photo B: "Greta's pooch Albert takes the first Dog Watch" by David Stearne

Photo C: "Frosty morning on the Grand Union" by Andrew Haysom

All the details about our 2020 Photo Competition and how to enter: https://www.nationalhistoricships.org.uk/nhs_menu_nav/78

Watch out for the launch of the 2020 Martyn Heighton Award for Excellence in Maritime Conservation - coming next week!  ...
26/05/2020

Watch out for the launch of the 2020 Martyn Heighton Award for Excellence in Maritime Conservation - coming next week! 🧐

Excelsior is proud to be associated with National Historic Ships.

#KeepExcelsiorSailing

The Mary Rose
26/05/2020

The Mary Rose

Our brand new virtual museum page launched over the weekend! 🎉

There's new content that hasn't been on our website before. You may find some new things to read or watch. 🔍

Check it out now at http://maryrose.org!

Our 2020 Photo Competition 'Photo of the Week' as voted for on Instagram is 'Follow those barges. Last match of the seas...
26/05/2020

Our 2020 Photo Competition 'Photo of the Week' as voted for on Instagram is 'Follow those barges. Last match of the season' by Peter Pangbourne.

Congratulations, Peter! Your image will go forward to the People's Choice Award final in September.

All the details of our 2020 Photo Competition and how to enter: https://www.nationalhistoricships.org.uk/nhs_menu_nav/78

Thames Sailing Barge Trust (TSBT) receives £25,200 National Lottery Heritage Fund support to help address the impact of ...
26/05/2020

Thames Sailing Barge Trust (TSBT) receives £25,200 National Lottery Heritage Fund support to help address the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on maritime heritage: https://bit.ly/2M0UE5W

#ShipshapeNetworkSouthEast https://bit.ly/2XtZEFN

Longing to visit Loch Lomond?  Let Maid Of The Loch take you on a virtual cruise!On 25th May 1953, the Maid Of The Loch ...
26/05/2020

Longing to visit Loch Lomond? Let Maid Of The Loch take you on a virtual cruise!

On 25th May 1953, the Maid Of The Loch made her first every public cruise on Loch Lomond and now the charity that owns her are offering a chance to re-create that day by stepping back in time and experiencing the joys of the Bonnie Banks from this historic steamship: https://www.nationalhistoricships.org.uk/news/shipshape/longing-visit-loch-lomond

#ShipshapeNetworkScotland https://www.nationalhistoricships.org.uk/shipshape-network/region/scotland

Raybel charters #ShipshapeNetworkSouthEast https://www.nationalhistoricships.org.uk/page/shipshape/raybel-charters-kent
22/05/2020

Raybel charters #ShipshapeNetworkSouthEast https://www.nationalhistoricships.org.uk/page/shipshape/raybel-charters-kent

Hi Folks,

Its COMPETITION TIME!

Due to the unfortunate circumstances, we have had to postpone a number of creative events planned over the coming months. We felt it was a shame for you to miss out on these opportunities, therefore we have decided to launch a creative competition where you can take part in the safety of your home. The winners and runners up will have their work to feature in our touring exhibition! For a chance to win, see entry details below! Best of luck 🍀

*We would be grateful if you could share*

Mayflower 400 UK
22/05/2020

Mayflower 400 UK

On Saturday evening we'll be telling the remarkable story of the Mayflower II, in a brand new short film 🎥

You can watch it on our website, YouTube channel or page from 5pm 🕔

The ship left its Devon harbour for Plymouth, Massachusetts, in 1957. Today the recently restored Mayflower II still epitomises that voyage of hope and endeavour ⚓️

The Mayflower II is a ship that represents far more than an extraordinary crossing of the Atlantic. It symbolises the special relationship between the UK and the United States and was a thank you from one nation to another through - a gift like no other 🇬🇧🇺🇸

This new film brings to life the people connected to the ship's remarkable story from those involved in building the ship after World War II, to memories of those who sailed it across the Atlantic and thoughts of those recently involved in the Mayflower II restoration 🔨

It's the first of our My Mayflower series of short films that explore people's connection to the historic 400-year anniversary of the Pilgrim's famous voyage.

Read more 👉 https://bit.ly/3g8TkMa

Out & about near the water this bank holiday weekend? Why not take some pictures for the National Historic Ships UK 2020...
22/05/2020

Out & about near the water this bank holiday weekend? Why not take some pictures for the National Historic Ships UK 2020 Photo Competition? The theme is 'Maritime Heritage Through The Seasons'.

All the details & how to enter: http://nationalhistoricships.org.uk/nhs_menu_nav/78

Our favourite entries so far:
http://nationalhistoricships.org.uk/photography-competition/featured-entries

Photo: 'Narrowboat Aquarius on the Coventry Canal' by Kevin Maslin, one of our favourite photos from last week's entries.

Perpetuating Pudge's Future: The Pudge Project Thames Sailing Barge Trust (TSBT) - historic sailing barge Pudge has now ...
22/05/2020

Perpetuating Pudge's Future: The Pudge Project Thames Sailing Barge Trust (TSBT) - historic sailing barge Pudge has now moved from Fullbridge to Maldon where work is to start on the replacement of her decks, coamings, ceilings and an upgrade of her below deck accommodation. Check out the link in our #ShipshapeNetworkSouthEast news item to see her leaving: https://www.nationalhistoricships.org.uk/news/shipshape/sailing-barge-pudge-has-now-moved-fullbridge

#ShipshapeNetworkSouthEast https://www.nationalhistoricships.org.uk/shipshape-network/region/south-east

Solent Sky Museum
22/05/2020
Solent Sky Museum

Solent Sky Museum

Some of the world's earliest 'Power Boats' were built in Southampton when Supermarine engineers fitted aeroplane engines into sporting boat hulls... This led to the creation of the British Power Boat company which dominated motorboat design and construction for many years - Read more in this week's blog!

Sunderland Maritime Heritage
22/05/2020

Sunderland Maritime Heritage

Three boats in our workshop awaiting our return

From left to right:

• NAVAL CUTTER which requires safe access and egress, also decking and bench seating so it can be used as a demonstration area for school visits and visitors. Volunteers will demonstrate seamanship and shipbuilding methods inside the cutter.
• PARAMATTA - a traditional sheltie boat which was refurbished for the owner. We are working with the family to take possession of the vessel as a donation. Once this is done we shall prepare the boat for both demonstration and seagoing activities.
• FOY COBLE - Traditional boat which would have been used around the port of Sunderland as a pilot tender and working boat . This boat will never sail again but is used to demonstrate the traditional craft of the north east maritime trade. It is intended to have her mast and sails rigged and for her to be displayed as a prime example of her class and an inspiration to our boat building evening group who are building a similar size coble from scratch using traditional methods.

When we open, we will be looking for more volunteers to join us. Would you like to help? Let us know (comment here, message us or contact us on [email protected]) and as soon as we can start work, we will contact you and invite you along for a chat.

Raybel charters
22/05/2020

Raybel charters

Dear friends of Raybel ... don't forget our CREATIVE COMPETITION! We have extended the deadline to Sunday 14th June so get drawing, painting or snapping 📸 ANYONE can enter and we welcome all artistic abilities! Runners up and winners will have their work included in our touring exhibition. Spread the artistic love! TSB Raybel x

The Mary Rose
22/05/2020

The Mary Rose

Catch our CEO Helen Bonser-Wilton this evening from 6pm on Sky News as she discusses the plight of the Mary Rose and the wider independent museum sector.

An eerie experience to see our museum so empty but we hope you will be able to visit soon.

22/05/2020
Waverley Excursions

Waverley Excursions

45 years ago today on 22nd May 1975 Waverley carried her first passengers while being operated in preservation following her purchase by the Paddle Steamer Preservation Society (PSPS) for £1 just 9 months before.

This video shows her first sailing as she departed Glasgow as well as other clips from the summer of 1975.

On 22nd May 1975 Waverley carried invited guests & members of the press from Glasgow to Dunoon. As she departed Glasgow the Police pipe band played her off. At that time many wondered if she would survive beyond the summer of 75 but thanks to the continued support of so many people and organisations Waverley has survived well beyond all expectations.

We are still keeping the option of sailing Waverley in 2020 open and are continually reviewing the situation with Covid-19. We will strive to return Waverley to service as soon as possible. In the mean time our online Souvenir Shop remains open. Gift Vouchers are available and any purchased now will be valid until October 2022. Visit waverleyexcursions.co.uk

#pswaverley
#paddlesteamerwaverley

Britannia Sailing Trust
22/05/2020

Britannia Sailing Trust

For the first time since completing the shed back in the summer of 2018, we are going to roll the roof back today in order to remove gear from inside Britannia.. This will help us to progress the hull and fitting out. Another milestone!!! - more pics of progress later today!

Canal & River Trust
22/05/2020
Canal & River Trust

Canal & River Trust

With good weather forecast for the Bank Holiday weekend, we’re asking everyone thinking of visiting our canals and river to act always with consideration and respect for other users. Please adhere to social distancing and keep your distance from moored boats where people may be living aboard. If you are cycling, go steady and slow down to give priority to pedestrians. Please click on the link for the latest information.

The Archipelago Folkschool connect people with craft; they're inspired by folkschools around Scandinavia and America, as...
22/05/2020

The Archipelago Folkschool connect people with craft; they're inspired by folkschools around Scandinavia and America, as well as pioneering work of the GalGael Trust in Glasgow. Like so many organisations, they'v been hit hard by Covid-19 but they continue to try to work out how best to respond to the crisis and hope to bounce back in 2021 better than ever - find out more about them and the GalGael Trust on our #ShipshapeNetworkScotland pages: https://www.nationalhistoricships.org.uk/shipshape-network/region/scotland

Today's #ThrowbackThursday from Benji looks at the experiences when #SHTP trainees visited Brixham last October. "What i...
21/05/2020

Today's #ThrowbackThursday from Benji looks at the experiences when #SHTP trainees visited Brixham last October.
"What impressed me most about Brixham was to see that the town’s keenness on harbouring historic vessels... Brixham has made exclusive room for their heritage vessels, so that people can come and view them from the pontoon freely and allow passing historic vessels to feel welcome. It was a pleasure to stay on-board one of the Brixham Trawlers and even to sail one in the weather they were built to be sailed in. I had never sailed on a boat with such a heavy construction before. It was an incredible feeling to have so much canvas up in the given conditions and to power through the waves in such a way. A trawler is much more comfortable in those sorts of conditions." Benji is a Seafaring Trainee, based with Sea-Change Sailing Trust in Maldon #heritage #maritime #devonmaritime #pilgrimofbrixham #skillsforthefuture #heritagesail #brixhamtrawlers
You can follow the team via their monthly blogs: https://bit.ly/2KaIIO9.

Excelsior Trust
21/05/2020

Excelsior Trust

How fast can we go? Excelsior's log presented to the trust by Karol. #KeepExcelsiorSailing #Excelsior #classicsailing Check out our video at https://zcu.io/mtQM

Topsail Charters Ltd
21/05/2020

Topsail Charters Ltd

Here’s S.B Thistle fresh out of dry dock this March with a new lick of paint!
All ready to start the sailing season which unfortunately has been postponed due to the current situation but fingers crossed she can show herself off soon....not looking bad considering she’s 125 years old!!
(Built 1895 in Scotland, picture taken by her mate Sam)

Here's National Historic Ships UK SHTP trainee Alanna Aloft whilst maintaining social distancing at her partner host Pio...
21/05/2020

Here's National Historic Ships UK SHTP trainee Alanna Aloft whilst maintaining social distancing at her partner host Pioneer SailingTrust. ⚓️Great to see some boatyards now able to open and maintenance can continue in the sunshine ☀️ #skillsforthefuture #maritimeheriatge #vesselrefit

Alanna, our shipshape trainee, aloft Pioneers mizzen as we begin rigging on this beautiful day!

Friends of TS Queen Mary
21/05/2020

Friends of TS Queen Mary

20.05.20 - Firth Lounge Interior Design Update

We are delighted today to be able to share with you the latest progress on the interior design of the new Firth Lounge, which is being evolved by Jason West and the team at WDC Creative.

Perhaps unusually we are not going to explain the work that has gone into the design, so far. This is because Jason West himself has very kindly participated in a special video, in which he outlines how he and his team have approached the task.

We will be releasing that video at the weekend, after we have shared with you the latest progress with the design of the new Queen's Restaurant.

The brief for the Firth Lounge was challenging, because the space has to be able to fulfil three purposes, namely:

- a casual lounge/dining space
- a wedding function space
- a conferencing space.

Jason's design team certainly have risen to meet the challenge!

In today's gallery you can see:

- an example of how WDC Creative create a space plan for a particular configuration (in this case a wedding breakfast)
- a selection of images showing how the Firth Lounge will look when set for a wedding, conference and - finally - casual dining.

The design envisages the new Firth Lounge having a timber floor and dark wood side panelling, with its furniture, light fittings, bar and signage all evoking TS Queen Mary's art deco heritage.

We will share progress on the design of the Queen's Restaurant before the end of the week.

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Few pics from various recent Barge Races
Some nice old views of Dover at war and the Little Ships (including Medway Queen) in this afternoon’s showing of the 1958 film “Dunkirk” - BBC2 at 2:45pm.
This anchor was hauled up by local fishermen (Blyth/Tyne) a few years ago and donated to our yacht club. Any thoughts as to what type of vessel it came from?
Fancy a night out doing something a little bit different this February?! Then how about a night out to enjoy the golden age of steam at sea with our upcoming talk "The Life, Times and History of SS Shieldhall"! We're looking forward to welcoming Shieldhall's Chief Engineer Graham Mackenzie to hear his unique perspective on this wonderful preserved jewel of the National Historic Fleet and hearing all about how the Shieldhall's volunteers conserve this unique historic vessel that is much-loved visitor attraction that plies The Solent. This is a fascinating evening not to be missed, with all proceeds going to support Steamship Shieldhall and Crofton Beam Engines charitable work. Date: Friday 21st February, 7:00pm for 7:30pm Venue: Ludgershall Memorial Hall, Andover Rd,Ludgershall, Nr Andover SP11 9LZ Tickets are £8, include buffet refreshments, and are available online by following this link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-life-times-and-history-of-ss-shieldhall-tickets-91620791253 OR you can get tickets direct from the Crofton Office by calling 01672 870300 or by email to [email protected]
Love historic steam trains? Love historic steam ships? Enjoy both with Crofton Beam Engines this winter! **Tomorrow**, Friday 31 Jan, we have "The Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railway: The best way to see Snowdonia" at Lockeridge near Marlborough. Online tickets here: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-ffestiniog-and-welsh-mountain-railway-the-best-way-to-see-snowdonia-tickets-77518400623 and then on Friday 21 Feb we have "The History, Life and Times of SS Shieldhall" at Lugershall near Andover. Online tickets here: www.eventbrite.com/e/the-life-times-and-history-of-ss-shieldhall-tickets-91620791253 Alternatively, tickets can be booked direct with the Crofton Office on 01672 870300 up until 12:00 noon on the day of the event. Thereafter tickets on the door, subject to availability. Both talks start at 19:30 with doors open at 19:00. Tickets include light refreshments. Cash bar available too. Hope to see you there!
Hope this is ok to share. 1939 built Dundarg (NRHV cert 2875) On the slipway at Arbroath this summer for hull repairs. Fantastic to see a traditional boatyard in operation. Still a way off being completed but a vast improvement 🙂
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