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.
Some winning and commended entries from last year’s competition
Photographers – the closing date for entries for the annual National Historic Ships photo competition is coming up fast. Have you entered yet? Perhaps there’s something in your camera right now that would make an entry?
Category B is likely to be of special interest to Intheboatshed.net readers, as it traditional maritime skills, and is intended to highlight hands-on maintenance of vessels, rigging, sailing and boatbuilding in the workplace or classroom.
The first prize is £1000, and category winners stand to win £250 to be spent on maritime training, equipment, tools or educational material – and the runner-up will receive a copy of the book Legendary Classic Yachts published by Adlard Coles Nautical.
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1894 Desvignes-built steam launch Pierette, photographed by Pete Williamson
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.