National Historic Ships UK has appointed six historic vessels to act as its Flagships of the Year, flying the flag for maritime heritage.
The latest news from National Historic Ships UK (NHS-UK) is that it has appointed six historic vessels to act as its Flagships of the Year for 2023, and ‘fly the flag’ for maritime heritage. The vessels chosen are as follows:
′ Swan, a former Shetland fishing vessel converted to a sail training
′ Lady of the Lake, a Victorian steamer believed to be the oldest working passenger vessel in the world
′ The Chieftain, a former Barmouth lifeboat which now offers public boat trips from Whitstable
′ HMS Caroline, the last remaining survivor of the Battle of Jutland, now a museum ship in Belfast
′ LV21, a 40m, steel-hulled lightship which now operates as an art, culture and performance space and is moored at Gravesend
′ Marjorie R, a former West Yorkshire coal barge converted into a floating bookshop in Leeds Dock.
The 2023 Flagships received special broad pennants to fly at the masthead as well as brass plaques. Each Flagship held flag-hoisting ceremonies during June and July to celebrate their new status. NHS-UK’s annual Flagship Awards have been running since 2009, and provide an opportunity to celebrate the value of historic vessels to the wider public. This can be through a variety of online activities, events, open days, workshops and tours.
Applications were received from a range of operational and static vessels on the National Registers, based on their seasonal programmes and planned level of outreach. The Flagship status was awarded to six very different craft, of which three are operational and three are static vessels.
Flagships promote the role of National Historic Ships UK by publicising its annual Photo Competition, Excellence in Maritime Conservation and Marsh Volunteer Awards. They will also be flying the flag as ambassadors for the UK’s maritime heritage sector.
NHS-UK is a government-funded independent organisation which gives objective advice to UK government and local authorities, funding bodies, and the historic ships sector on matters relating to historic vessels, and it maintains the National Register of Historic Vessels, which lists over 1,500 historic craft.
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