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Events such as historical events, races, exhibitions, processions, regattas and so on.

National Historic Ships UK flagship of the year competition opens for 2015

National Historic Ships UK is once again calling for entries for its annual ‘Flagship of the Year’ competition for an award, and the job of representing NHSUK for the year.

Last year’s winner was the Humber keel Daybreak, pictured above, as are her owners and the broad pennant.

Entry is open to vessels on the National Register of Historic Ships that are in operational condition, and which raise their profile by attending public events and festivals. The successful applicant will be given a broad pennant to fly, marking their flagship status and the year of the award.

The vessel will also receive a grant of up to £1,000 to assist with the costs of running the vessel and appearing at major national or international events.

Owners should apply via the NHSUK website, outlining their planned cruising programme for the season, including:

  • key places to be visited
  • details of events or festivals to be attended
  • significance of the vessel and any links to cruising destinations
  • public benefit from vessel attendance at any events
  • ways in which the vessel would support National Historic Ships UK during the year

Applications should also state how the grant would be used, and are encouraged to include photographs to demonstrate the aesthetic or promotional impact the vessel will make.

The competition closing date is the 31st March 2015.

Little Ships to return to Dunkirk for the 75th anniversary


Over 50 Dunkirk little ships are to return to Dunkirk next year for the 75th anniversary of the evacuation of the British Expeditionary Force in 1940. My thanks to the Association of Dunkirk Little Ships for the above photos.

During the famous evacuation, some 338,000 British and French troops were saved from German forces.

Many are over 85 years old, and they will make a remarkable spectacle as they voyage down the Thames into the Thames Estuary to Ramsgate, and then to Dunkirk and back.

Just before and just after the Dunkirk date will be good days to be on the water around North Kent, and to take some photographs.

The ADLS‘s officers have published the following timetable of events:

  • 16-17th May – little ships will be gathered at Royal Docks, London
  • 19-20th May – little ships gather at Ramsgate
  • 21th May – little ships depart for Dunkirk
  • 22th May – back up departure day in case of poor weather
  • 23th May – beach memorial service at Dunkirk
  • 24th May – ADLS commemorative service, 1100 local time on quayside
  • 25th May – little ships return to Ramsgate
  • 26th May – back up return day in case of poor weather

Here are some photos I managed to take on and around the Medway last year:

Christmas elves in the workshop


Tiernan Roe has written with an important message:

‘Like many other boat builders, every so often I’ve misplaced a tool, and spent ages looking for it only to find it in the first place I looked.

‘If you’re tired or in a rush this can quickly progress from merely being mildly perplexing to Rumplestilskin-style apoplexy.

‘But when it re-appears, it’s as if someone put it there, quietly, and deliberately.

‘Well, I think I have discovered the cause.

‘I walked up the path to visit my neighbour earlier for a Christmas drink. While strolling home comfortably full of the spirit of Christmas I noticed the lights on in my workshop. I thought perhaps I – or my wife – had left the lights on.

‘But, more, I could hear hammering! Peeking in the window I managed to shoot the photo above. I don’t know what it is, or what is was making, but it looked like one of Santa’s elves and it was using my hammer.

‘Being superstitious and full of understandable fear I decided I would not disturb the creature. I’m just hoping it’s workmanship was worthy and that it put my hammer back on the shelf. Boat builders everywhere will surely understand!’

Find out what’s really happening in Tiernan’s Roeboats workshop.

In the meantime, all of us at Towers wish all of you a peaceful, comfortable and relaxing winter break. And my thanks to Tiernan for explaining something very profound…