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National Historic Ships UK 2016 photo competition and Marsh Award winners

National Historic Ships UK held its 2016 photography competition and Marsh Volunteer Awards ceremonies on board HQS Wellington on London’s Victoria Embankment last week.

The awards aim to encourage people of all ages and backgrounds to engage with historic vessels through photography, volunteering and by operating them, and encouraging the public to go on board at festivals and events held around the UK coasts, lakes, and rivers.

The £1,000 prize overall winner prize for the 2016 photography competition chosen from hundreds of entries was winner Yasmin Steele for her image, 50 Degrees South. It was chosen from hundreds of entries awarded by National Historic Ships UK.

Judge Rob Peake, who edits Classic Boat magazine, said the shot was a breathtaking photo that puts the viewer on the aft deck as the boat rolls in a roaring Southern Ocean blow. ‘It’s an accomplished shot too, taken no doubt with freezing hands, on the most unstable of platforms,’ he added.

Now in its sixth year, the Marsh Volunteer Awards supported by the Marsh Christian Trust recognise outstanding volunteers in the conservation or operation of historic vessels in the UK. This year the individual award went to Fred Attwood, who volunteers at Portsmouth Naval Base Property Trust. He received a prize of £500.

The Marsh team volunteer award was presented to the Daniel Adamson Preservation Society engineering department for their efforts in operating and maintaining SS Daniel Adamson. The team received a prize of £1,000.

Jill Sim who volunteers at  was presented with a special commendation and received a prize of £500.

The anual National Historic Ships flagship of the year award for operational vessels was awarded to Balmoral in recognition of her outstanding public programme. Regional flagship awards went to Kennet (Merseyside) and Excelsior (East Anglia).

Charles II arrives at Scheveningen, and sails to England to a huge welcome

Following on from my question about whether the beach at Scheveningen might be the most painted stretch of strand in the world, and from Chris Sonnemans helpful reply, here’s a video Chris made from images of the time…

Thanks Chris!

Sad end threatens for 1878-built sailing ship Falls of Clyde

The Falls of Clyde - An early oiltanker - panoramio

‘She is the last remaining ship of her class and a striking reminder of the golden age of sail.

‘But the Falls of Clyde, which was launched at Port Glasgow in 1878, looks set to be consigned to a watery grave somewhere in the Pacific Ocean.

‘The ship has been declared unsafe by Hawaii’s transport department.

‘The 137-year-old iron-hulled four-masted vessel was this week declared unsafe by Hawaii transport officials, who ordered she be removed from her permanent mooring in Honolulu harbour. It now looks likely the Falls will be towed into deep water and scuttled to become an attraction for divers – unless a last ditch campaign to save her is successful.’

Read more on The Scotsman website and on the Wikipedia.

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