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Could you or a colleague win one of two Marsh awards for historic vessel conservation?

The 120-year old gentleman’s racing cutter Leila emerges into the light. The volunteers involved in conserving her might be contenders…

Nominations are still open for this year’s National Historic Ships UK-Marsh Christian Trust awards for the volunteer or group of volunteers who have made the most significant contribution to the conservation or operation of historic vessels in the UK.

The overall prize of £1,000 donated by the Marsh Christian Trust can be spent as winners choose. Nominations should be submitted by application form until the 31 July 2012.

New this year is a youth prize of £500 for volunteers of 25 years and under.

It doesn’t take long to think of some worthy potential winners – I’d suggest just paging through this weblog will reveal quite a few contenders.

Judges will be looking for evidence of developing traditional and conservation skills, contributing to the operation and maintenance of historic vessels, and on the achievements of the volunteers.

For entry forms, rules and details, click here.

Photos from the Beale Park Boat Show 2011

Pierette at the Beale Park Boat Show 2011

1894 Desvignes-built steam launch Pierette, photographed by Pete Williamson

Cordless Challenge entrant Beale Park Boat Show 2011 Water Craft amateur boatbuilding competition Beale Park 2011

Unknown dinghy


Reader Pete Williamson has sent in some snaps of this year’s Beale Park Boat Show, including this shot of the wonderful steam launch Pierrette, and some entries for the kit section of the Water Craft amateur boatbuilding competition (Pete’s boat is the dark blue Selway-Fisher coble made from an Alec Jordan kit).

Also there’s something very unusual here: an entrant for the cordless challenge, in which entrants were asked to race each other around a course on the water using motor power derived from by battery driven cordless power tools. There are a couple of jolly pieces of video showing some of the entrants craft’ at Graham Neil’s weblog and at the Water Craft website. It makes you think, doesn’t it? At least some folks found a use for some old tools…

Finally, I’m not quite sure what the boat in this collection may be or who made it, but I remember being told that it contains a lot of old timber from somewhere, and thinking that the builder had done a nice job when I dropped in at the Barton Home Built Boat Rally meet at Barton Turf at Whitsun. I’ve posted some of my own photos of this craft taken at Barton below.

Thanks Pete!

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