Friends of the Maritime Heritage Trust

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Friends of The Maritime Heritage Trust

Forthcoming Visits

30 June 2018 – Richmond
Historic and ceremonial river craft and gentlemen’s yachts. The day will include behind the scenes visits and traditional boat trips on the Thames.

Further details – meet at Richmond Bridge Boathouse (just below Richmond Bridge at 10:00 for a boatyard tour and a visit to the historic motor yacht Lilian, built by C G Pettersson, Stockholm, Sweden in 1969 and substantially restored to sea-going use by her current owners, Scott and Hilary Pereira.

Richmond Bridge Boathouses include the yard of Mark Edwards MBE, builder of HM The Queens Rowbarge Gloriana, who will give a talk on her construction. It is intended to include options for short trips in one or more traditional Thames boats, including a wherry and a Dunkirk Little Ship (tbc). These are optional and an additional charge may be made. Lunch will be provided at 3 Duck’s Walk.

It is anticipated the walk (approx. 2 miles of easy terrain but with some climbing up and down ladders/stairways to access vessels) and visits will end at 16:00.

Cost for the day is £25 and includes lunch and membership of the Friends of The Maritime Heritage Trust.

23/24 September 2018 – HMS Trincomalee and Guided Tour, Hartlepool
Friends visit with guided maritime history tour, records and exhibits of local shipbuilding and preserved vessels including paddle steamer Wingfield Castle.

Further details – set alongside an authentically created historic quayside of the 1800s, HMS Trincomalee, Europes oldest warship still afloat, was built in Bombay, India in 1817. Trincomalee was one of the last of Nelson’s powerful frigates and is now part of the National Museum of the Royal Navy. Our visit will include a guided tour including the story of her conservation – masts, rigging and 46 guns, the fine Captain’s quarters and the rope-making store below deck. Additionally the Fighting Ships experience provides the everyday drama of life on board HMS Prosperity around the year 1800, a powerful insight into the tough lives of sailors from the time of Trafalgar.

Adjoining Trincomalee is the Hartlepool Museum, the home of major collections on the maritime history of the north east, as well as the history of Hartlepool. This includes steam engines, ship models, local boats and the story of the Hartlepool monkey. Outside the museum is moored the PSS Wingfield Csatle, a restored former Humber paddle steamer, which features a restaurant.

Meet Sunday 23 September at 14:00 at Main Entrance, National Museum of the Royal Navy, Hartlepool for tour of HMS Trincomalee and adjoining exhibits. Museum closes at 17:00.
Meet Monday 24 September at 10:00 at entrance to Hartlepool Museum for visit to archive on north east shipbuilding followed by lunch at the Museum.

Cost £20 – includes tour and admission to all displays on both days, but not meals or accommodation. Friends of the National Museum of the Royal Navy: admission free.

6 October 2018 – Trinity Buoy Wharf – London’s newest maritime heritage centre

Behind the scenes guided visit to the former Trinity House depot and research station on the Thames at Leamouth, now home to an arts and business community and a growing collection of historic vessels, including Thames tugs. Hear an update on plans for the display of HMS Robin, a steam vessel of international importance built in 1890 at nearby Bow Creek, and see London’s newest pier, the, just built, 600 tonne base for the Thames Clipper Fleet at Trinity Buoy Wharf. For further information on Trinity Buoy Wharf go to:

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