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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Think your historic vessel conservation project is award-worthy?  Apply now for the 2021 Martyn Heighton Award for Excel...
24/06/2021

Think your historic vessel conservation project is award-worthy? Apply now for the 2021 Martyn Heighton Award for Excellence in Maritime Conservation!

In addition to the trophy, National Historic Ships UK are delighted to be able to offer a very special prize for 2021, courtesy of our new sponsor Boat Building Academy - a short course worth up to £750! Courses on offer include boatbuilding, sailmaking, oar making, boat restoration and woodwork: www.boatbuildingacademy.com/courses/short-courses/

Previous winners of this prestigious award were Windermere Jetty Museum, for their Ferry Mary Anne photogrammetry project, and the Scottish Fisheries Museum, for their restoration of the 1901 Fifie Reaper.

Read more & apply:
http://nationalhistoricships.org.uk/MartynHeightonAward

📸 2020 winner Reaper

Did you guess the location for our 2021 Virtual Awards Ceremony? We're delighted to announce that we'll be filming this ...
24/06/2021

Did you guess the location for our 2021 Virtual Awards Ceremony? We're delighted to announce that we'll be filming this year's ceremony at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, home of Boathouse 4 and IBTC Portsmouth!

Huge thanks to the whole Boathouse 4 team for their time and help today. We can't wait to come back and film in Portsmouth later in the summer.

The National Historic Ships UK Virtual Awards Ceremony will be broadcast online in November. Watch this space for more details soon.

📸 Landing craft tank Foxtrot 8 in the iconic setting of Portsmouth Harbour today 😍

Did you guess the location for our 2021 Virtual Awards Ceremony? We're delighted to announce that we'll be filming this year's ceremony at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, home of Boathouse 4 and IBTC Portsmouth!

Huge thanks to the whole Boathouse 4 team for their time and help today. We can't wait to come back and film in Portsmouth later in the summer.

The National Historic Ships UK Virtual Awards Ceremony will be broadcast online in November. Watch this space for more details soon.

📸 Landing craft tank Foxtrot 8 in the iconic setting of Portsmouth Harbour today 😍

The National Historic Ships UK team are doing a recce of the venue for our 2021 Virtual Awards Ceremony today!  Did you ...
24/06/2021

The National Historic Ships UK team are doing a recce of the venue for our 2021 Virtual Awards Ceremony today! Did you guess where we are yet? Here are a few more clues for you...

Plans announced for London's first new shipyard in a century ⬇
24/06/2021

Plans announced for London's first new shipyard in a century ⬇

We're working with property developers, London & Regional, and The Royal Docks, to deliver the first new shipyard on the Thames for over a century at Albert Island in Newham London.

Use of the Thames has been growing rapidly in recent years, with increasing passenger services, barge movements and deep-sea trade. The planned shipyard forms part of Albert Island, London & Regional’s 25-acre, multimillion-pound industrial regeneration scheme in the Royal Docks

The whole area is undergoing significant transformation as London’s only Enterprise Zone and presents a unique opportunity for a skilled maritime operator to develop dedicated facilities and highly skilled jobs for local people, serving the UK’s busiest inland waterway

Development of a London shipyard is in line with wider Government moves to reinvigorate shipbuilding in the UK; an updated National Shipbuilding Strategy is due to be released later this year

Find out more https://hubs.la/H0QXsnH0

Expressions of interest brochure https://hubs.la/H0QXsmN0

#PortofLondon #PortofInnovation #ExpressionsofInterest #Shipping #Docks

This weekend! ⬇
24/06/2021

This weekend! ⬇

Pioneer SailingTrust are hosting the Pioneer Cup charity gig race this weekend! Starting in Brightlingsea, the five-mile course will see the boats race up the Colne Estuary towards Wivenhoe and Rowhedge. Due to Covid restrictions, spectators are invited to watch the action via the Tacktracker app, rather than in person. See https://bit.ly/3d3Sf8O for details or contact Harker's Yard Gig Association or Pioneer Sailing Trust #gigrace #rowing #eastcoast #eastcoastgig #brightlingsea #gigracing #pilotgig #oars #race #racing #rowingrace

The National Historic Ships UK team are doing a recce of the venue for our 2021 Virtual Awards Ceremony today!  Can you ...
24/06/2021

The National Historic Ships UK team are doing a recce of the venue for our 2021 Virtual Awards Ceremony today! Can you guess where we are from these photos?

This weekend it's the first ever Virtual Scottish Traditional Boat Festival 'Ahoy Portsoy!'. Find out more about all the...
24/06/2021

This weekend it's the first ever Virtual Scottish Traditional Boat Festival 'Ahoy Portsoy!'.

Find out more about all the events at this year's festival & how you can get involved ⬇

It's not just boats, we've got a feast of food and drink delights too. Like cookery demos from Hebridean Baker and Jill Mair from Portsoy Coffee Shop & Bistro. Take a rare tour of Macduff Distillery. See our festival blend coffee being made. Watch a local baker share the making of a North-east breakfast delicacy.
And no virtual visit to Portsoy would be complete without a visit to Portsoy Ice Cream!
For all this, and much more, join Ahoy Portsoy FREE online.
➡️stbfportsoy.org

It's nearly time for our second Photo of the Month vote!  The four Photo of the Month winners will go through to the Peo...
24/06/2021

It's nearly time for our second Photo of the Month vote! The four Photo of the Month winners will go through to the People's Choice Award final in September and could win a Go-Pro camera worth £300, courtesy of our sponsor IBTC Lowestoft.

Send in your photos before 1st July to be eligible for the June public vote - but don't forget our 2021 Photo Competition is open until the end of August and there are lots more fantastic prizes to be won! This year's theme is 'Back to the Water' and we're looking for great photos of historic vessels of all types, as well as images of people working on, sailing, or just enjoying their boats.

All the details & how to enter:
https://www.nationalhistoricships.org.uk/photography-competition

📸2020 People's Choice Award winner The Channel Rose by David Stearne

It's nearly time for our second Photo of the Month vote! The four Photo of the Month winners will go through to the People's Choice Award final in September and could win a Go-Pro camera worth £300, courtesy of our sponsor IBTC Lowestoft.

Send in your photos before 1st July to be eligible for the June public vote - but don't forget our 2021 Photo Competition is open until the end of August and there are lots more fantastic prizes to be won! This year's theme is 'Back to the Water' and we're looking for great photos of historic vessels of all types, as well as images of people working on, sailing, or just enjoying their boats.

All the details & how to enter:
https://www.nationalhistoricships.org.uk/photography-competition

📸2020 People's Choice Award winner The Channel Rose by David Stearne

Pioneer SailingTrust are hosting the Pioneer Cup charity gig race this weekend!  Starting in Brightlingsea, the five-mil...
23/06/2021

Pioneer SailingTrust are hosting the Pioneer Cup charity gig race this weekend!

Starting in Brightlingsea, the five-mile course will see the boats race up the Colne Estuary towards Wivenhoe and Rowhedge. Due to Covid restrictions, spectators are invited to watch the action via the Tacktracker app, rather than in person.

See https://bit.ly/3d3Sf8O or contact Harker's Yard Gig Association or Pioneer Sailing Trust for more details.

Date: Saturday 26th June, 1.00 - 18.00pm

Pioneer SailingTrust are hosting the Pioneer Cup charity gig race this weekend!

Starting in Brightlingsea, the five-mile course will see the boats race up the Colne Estuary towards Wivenhoe and Rowhedge. Due to Covid restrictions, spectators are invited to watch the action via the Tacktracker app, rather than in person.

See https://bit.ly/3d3Sf8O or contact Harker's Yard Gig Association or Pioneer Sailing Trust for more details.

Date: Saturday 26th June, 1.00 - 18.00pm

National Historic Ships UK are delighted to welcome a new sponsor for our 2021 Awards programme: Winter & Co Marine Ltd!...
23/06/2021

National Historic Ships UK are delighted to welcome a new sponsor for our 2021 Awards programme: Winter & Co Marine Ltd!

Winter & Co are an experienced specialist marine underwriting agency providing insurance solutions for marine businesses and vessel owners. They will be sponsoring our Virtual Awards Ceremony in November.

Read more: https://www.winterandcomarine.com/

National Historic Ships UK are delighted to welcome a new sponsor for our 2021 Awards programme: Winter & Co Marine Ltd!

Winter & Co are an experienced specialist marine underwriting agency providing insurance solutions for marine businesses and vessel owners. They will be sponsoring our Virtual Awards Ceremony in November.

Read more: https://www.winterandcomarine.com/

Happy 10th birthday (at Glasgow Riverside) to our Flagship of the Year 2021, The Tall Ship Glenlee! 🥳🎂🧃🍾
21/06/2021

Happy 10th birthday (at Glasgow Riverside) to our Flagship of the Year 2021, The Tall Ship Glenlee! 🥳🎂🧃🍾

Today marks 10 years since The Tall Ship Glenlee opened to the public in 2011 at our current location next to Riverside Museum. What an amazing 10 years it has been!

Image attributed to Phil Kerr

National Historic Ships UK

Send in your pictures for the National Historic Ships UK 2021 Photo Competition!Our 2021 Photo Competition runs all summ...
16/06/2021

Send in your pictures for the National Historic Ships UK 2021 Photo Competition!

Our 2021 Photo Competition runs all summer, and this year’s theme is ‘Back to the Water’.

Keep an eye on our social media, where we’ll be sharing some of our favourite images throughout the summer. Here's 'Dawn Departure' by Paul Smith, featuring Steamship Shieldhall.

Read more about the National Historic Ships UK Photo Competition and find out how to enter here: www.nationalhistoricships.org.uk/PhotoCompetition

#PhotographyCompetition #NationalHistoricShipsUK #HistoricVessels #HistoricShips #MaritimePhotography #MaritimeHeritage #NauticalPhotography

Send in your pictures for the National Historic Ships UK 2021 Photo Competition!

Our 2021 Photo Competition runs all summer, and this year’s theme is ‘Back to the Water’.

Keep an eye on our social media, where we’ll be sharing some of our favourite images throughout the summer. Here's 'Dawn Departure' by Paul Smith, featuring Steamship Shieldhall.

Read more about the National Historic Ships UK Photo Competition and find out how to enter here: www.nationalhistoricships.org.uk/PhotoCompetition

#PhotographyCompetition #NationalHistoricShipsUK #HistoricVessels #HistoricShips #MaritimePhotography #MaritimeHeritage #NauticalPhotography

Take a look at this short film exploring how the team at The Sutton Hoo Ships Company designed and used ancient Finishin...
14/06/2021

Take a look at this short film exploring how the team at The Sutton Hoo Ships Company designed and used ancient Finishing Axes!

#historicships #shipbuilding #conservation #traditionalskills

Some time ago we shared a feature in our Newsletter about the Finishing Axes that we had designed and made by @alexpoleironwork. These are ancient tools that are no longer freely available so having them specifically made is the only option.

Now that we have started work on the keel we have created a short film showing one of the Finishing Axe's in action. https://youtu.be/8eYV-sZFUnE

(you can read the original article about how the axes were made by going to our website, here - https://saxonship.org/the-project/phase-2-build/ancient-tools-and-techniques/the-making-of-the-ships-axes/)

Enjoy!

#axe #forged #blacksmith #suttonhooship #thelongshed #historyinthemaking #boatbuilding #ancientskills #experimentalarchaeology #thedig #choosewoodbridge

Lots of exciting online talks coming up relating to the history of the Bristol docks, organised by M Shed and Bristol Ra...
14/06/2021

Lots of exciting online talks coming up relating to the history of the Bristol docks, organised by M Shed and Bristol Radical History Group. See below for more info and how to book! 👇

Doesn't the Floating Harbour look amazing on this pic?

Our Friends at Bristol Radical History Group are marking our 10th birthday (the celebrations start this Thursday!) with 3 fascinating talks relating to the area and to dockers in Bristol.

All the events are free and online via zoom but need to be booked in advance

21 June: Bristol docks and cholera https://www.bristolmuseums.org.uk/m-shed/whats-on/late-lunch-talk-bristol-docks-and-cholera/

22 June: Bristol dockers strike of 1949 in support of Canadian Seaman https://www.bristolmuseums.org.uk/m-shed/whats-on/bristol-dockers-strike-of-1949-in-support-of-canadian-seaman/

23 June: Class war in 1892: Bristol dockers and Black Friday https://www.bristolmuseums.org.uk/m-shed/whats-on/class-war-in-1892-bristol-dockers-and-black-friday/

We hope to see you there!

Pic ref: BMG Mb6438

Keep an eye out in the next couple of days for the timetable and bookings on Waverley Excursions! 🚢⚓️
14/06/2021

Keep an eye out in the next couple of days for the timetable and bookings on Waverley Excursions! 🚢⚓️

Find out more about progress on Steamship Shieldhall at the Falmouth Dry Dock on day 5 of their blog! 👇🚢
14/06/2021

Find out more about progress on Steamship Shieldhall at the Falmouth Dry Dock on day 5 of their blog! 👇🚢

Day 5 of our Dry Dock Blog is now ready to view.

Click below to see the latest progress from Falmouth!

https://ss-shieldhall.co.uk/day-5-progress-from-falmouth-dry-dock/

#steamship #shieldhall #falmouth #drydock #progress

National Historic Ships UK are delighted to announce a new sponsor for our 2021 Photo Competition: Yarmouth Oilskins!Yar...
10/06/2021

National Historic Ships UK are delighted to announce a new sponsor for our 2021 Photo Competition: Yarmouth Oilskins!

Yarmouth Oilskins have been hand-making authentic unisex workwear since 1898. Their team of 20 craftspeople create the collection in the same factory as they did back then, using traditional methods and many of their original patterns.
Independently owned for more than a century, Yarmouth Oilskins, still strives to make the very best and continues to be “sold throughout the world”.

Our Photo Competition Overall Winner & Runner-Up will both receive the fantastic prize of one of their iconic Fisherman's 'Classic Smocks', available in a range of colours, fabrics and sizes.

Yarmouth Oilskins' Classic Smock has been refined sympathetically to suit today's customer needs. Originally worn by seafarers and fishermen as a loose over garment to protect their knitted sweater, these garments were traditionally made from hardwearing cotton sailcloth. The Classic Smock has an open neck and two pockets, made in 100% cotton twill and with contrast taped vents and cuffs treatment. Garment washing gives a pre-worn look and feel and a 'lived in' touch. The Classic Smock is available in Denim, Navy, Chambray, Ticking Stripe and Natural.

Read more about Yarmouth Oilskins:
https://yarmouthoilskins.com

Read more about & enter our Photo Competition:
www.nationalhistoricships.org.uk/PhotoCompetition

09/06/2021

At Skylark IX we are running skills building and heritage preservation groups for young people in Dumbarton over the summer holidays, such as Make Do and Mend, Wood Whittling and Heritage Walk and Talks and we need volunteers to support and help deliver these activities.

We are super excited for these groups to get up and running and to engage young people in our project, and to keep the story of The Skylark IX alive...

You can be a part of it!

Get in touch with us to find out how you can get involved.

#volunteering #spiritofskylark #yourcommunityneedsyou 🛶💙

Send in your photos for the National Historic Ships UK 2021 Photo Competition! We’re sharing some of our favourite entri...
09/06/2021

Send in your photos for the National Historic Ships UK 2021 Photo Competition!

We’re sharing some of our favourite entries on social media throughout the summer. Here’s 'Blue Mermaid on way back from London' by Jason Arthur.

More info & how to enter: www.nationalhistoricships.org.uk/PhotoCompetition

Send in your photos for the National Historic Ships UK 2021 Photo Competition!

We’re sharing some of our favourite entries on social media throughout the summer. Here’s 'Blue Mermaid on way back from London' by Jason Arthur.

More info & how to enter: www.nationalhistoricships.org.uk/PhotoCompetition

Photos from Lynher of Cremyll's post
09/06/2021

Photos from Lynher of Cremyll's post

Timeline Photos
09/06/2021

Timeline Photos

Tickets are now on sale for HMS Belfast which opens again from 8 July.

Explore all nine decks of London’s Warship Experience once again.

Learn about what life was like on board, and stories of the ship’s crew – from the crowded Mess Decks to the Galley and the Sick Bay, new narratives will highlight the challenges faced by the crew as they made HMS Belfast a home away from home.

HMS Belfast’s history extends from the Arctic Convoys and D-Day to the Cold War, the Korean War and beyond, and it reopens to explore this summer.

Learn more: https://bit.ly/3wvT8hJ

09/06/2021

Excelsior leaving Lowestoft yesterday morning, bound for Harwich then London.

It’s been a VERY busy couple of weeks as we put the final touches to Excelsior ready for her survey. Huge thanks go to our fantastic team of volunteers and maintenance crew who have worked so hard to make sure this fine lady looks her best!

Now Excelsior is off to Rotherhithe for the Thames Alive Mayflower celebrations. If you are in #harwich you will see her as she leaves later this morning!

Many thanks to Bill Hancock for this superb photo of Excelsior 😍

#lowestoft #historicship #trawler #woodenship #thamesalive #100years #centenary #suffolkcoast #sailtraining #heritage #englishcoast #eastcoast #sunrisecoast

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Picture from yesterday morning with SS Sheildhall on way to Falmouth dry dock passed Spirit of Falmouth
National historic ship in the southwest Mounts bay lugger Happy Return built in Porthleven 1905 a Dunkirk small ship and the oldest registered fishing boat in the U.K. On her decommissioning she was sold to the Mounts Bay Lugger Association and restored to her original specification. Out of more than 1500 boats built in Porthleven she is the only one in public hands and has a yearly sailing program. New members welcomed www.happyreturn.org
Due to the MCA requesting proof of the thickness of hull at the time of building, which cannot be found, this beautiful 125 year old Historical Ship Henley is now up for sale. If anyone can help locate plans, please do get in touch.
Thank you for letting me post this as the opportunity has arisen to save what is probably the last WW2 RAF Air Sea Rescue service type 2 (whaleback) high speed launch left in restorable condition.
The TID164 Preservation Trust are looking for people to join our team of volunteers. TID164 is one of the last surviving steam tugs of a class built during WW2 to assist the port operations after D Day at the Mulberry Harbour. Moored within the Chatham Historic Dockyard she has been undergoing repairs and preservation over the last few years by a small team of volunteers. We are especially looking for people with an engineering background, welding or steam experience...HOWEVER.. we would welcome anyone who has a passion for history and would like to be involved. Due to insurance we can only accept people over 18 years of age. Please be aware that access to the tug is via a wall ladder and hatches, and may not be suitable for all. To learn more of our work take a look at or webpages at: https://www.tid164preservationtrust.co.uk/ you can contact us via FB or via the contact page on our web page.
Our MayDay appeal for the Thames Sailing Barge May has been launched today! Follow our journey and donate if you can www.thebreadandrosesbarge.com
not sure if your interested but have you seen 'ship happens' on you tube
The Mounts Bay Lugger Association anti-foul Happy Return our 116 year old Cornish Lugger and Dunkirk little ship. She’s ready for another season of sailing . www.happyreturn.org
In 2019 I had the honour of winning Overall Competition Winner with my monochrome photograph of the NHS registered sailing Barge “Ena” slowly rotting away on the mudflats of the Hoo Peninsular in Kent. Since then my photograph has attracted a good deal of interest and has also been published in a local history book in Suffolk (where the first owner lived) which, in turn, attracted the interest of artist Leigh Belcham. Leigh asked my permission to paint the Ena from my photograph and this is the result! I gave him colour photos too so that he could be accurate with the colour schemes - I love the result and hope you do too. His paintings are for sale but he has graciously agreed to my posting the image here for us all to admire.