Category:Ships and vessels of the National Historic Fleet
Pages in category "Ships and vessels of the National Historic Fleet"
The following 75 pages are in this category, out of 75 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
The following 75 pages are in this category, out of 75 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
1. National Historic Fleet – The National Historic Fleet is a list of historic ships and vessels located in the United Kingdom, under the National Historic Ships register. National Historic Ships UK is a body which advises the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport and other public bodies on ship preservation. As part of this remit, National Historic Ships maintains the National Register of Historic Vessels, as of September 2014 there are 206 vessels on the register, including museum ships, those still in active or commercial service, and a number currently laid up. Some are being restored, others have an uncertain future. Barcelona Charter Search the Registers - National Historic Fleet
2. National Historic Ships – As well as providing formal advice to funding bodies, it also gives direct assistance to vessel owners, for example through its small grants scheme and its directory of relevant skills and services. Substantially intact Inclusion on the Register is with the owners consent, the records include details of designer, builder, dimensions, construction, propulsion, service history and current location, as well as images of many of the vessels. The National Register of Historic Vessels contains a sub-group of some 200 vessels that comprise The National Historic Fleet, the National Archive of Historic Vessels includes details of vessels no longer on the NRHV because they have been scrapped, lost, or moved abroad. It also includes vessels that do not meet all the criteria for inclusion on the NRHV but are nevertheless of historic interest, there are currently over 1,000 vessels on the National Register of Historic Vessels and over 400 vessels on the National Archive of Historic Vessels. The registers provide an assessment of the significance of historic vessels. The database can also be a research tool, although confidential information about ownership etc. is always kept secure. Over 57% of historic vessels recorded on the National Register of Historic Vessels are either owned or commercially operated. Museums and charitable trusts account for 14% of the total, fully searchable versions of the databases are available on National Historic Ships website. Barcelona Charter List of museum ships National Historic Ships website
3. Albion (wherry) – Built in 1898, she served as a trading vessel and then as a lighter until being acquired by the Norfolk Wherry Trust for restoration and preservation in 1949. Since 1981 she has been moored at the Norfolk Wherry Trust wherry base at Womack Water near Ludham and she is listed on the register of National Historic Ships in the United Kingdom as part of the National Historic Fleet. Albions construction is unique amongst Norfolk Wherries as she is carvel built whereas all others are clinker built and she is steered from a small aft well by rudder and tiller. Albions registered tonnage is 22.78 and her length overall is 65 ft with a 58 ft hull and her beam is 15 ft and she draws 4 ft 6 in. Her mast is 42 feet tall and her sail area is 1,200 square feet. Albion was built by William Billy Brighton at his shipyard on Lake Lothing between Oulton Broad and Lowestoft for W. D. and A. E. Walker and she cost £455 to build and was launched in October 1898 in a livery of green with a brown oxide top. Her crew consisted a man and a boy, Albion was nearly lost in January 1929 when she sank near Great Yarmouth Bridge but was raised 3 days later. She had a mishap in 1931 when she lost her mast but had it replaced with that of the wherry Sirius. Albion was allocated the United Kingdom Official Number 148735, although designed to carry 36 long tons of cargo, she is recorded as carrying 41 long tons of cargo on one occasion. In normal service, Albion made 3 to 5 knots, with 7 to 8 knots being considered her normal maximum and it is rumoured that she achieved 9 to 10 knots in a race on Breydon Water when her mast snapped. She continued to ply as a trading wherry, however, after sinking a further two times, it was recognised that this was economically unsustainable and in 1961 the Trust decided that Albion would never carry dirty cargo again. In 2010, Albion was awarded the position by National Historic Ships in their annual Flagship competition. An award of £250 was made to the Norfolk Wherry Trust in recognition of this, Albion flew a pennant during the 2010 season denoting this achievement. Norfolk Broads wherries The Norfolk Wherry Trust – Home of the Albion Albion on the Register of Historic Vessels
4. HMS Alliance (P417) – HMS Alliance is a Royal Navy A-class, Amphion-class or Acheron-class submarine, laid down towards the end of the Second World War and completed in 1947. The submarine is the surviving example of the class, having been a memorial. Alliance was one of the seven A-class boats completed with a snort mast - the other boats all had masts fitted by 1949, the purpose of these modifications was to make the submarine quieter and faster underwater. On 12 January 1968, she grounded on Bembridge Ledge off the Isle of Wight, on or around 30 September 1971 a fatal battery explosion occurred on board, whilst at Portland. From 1973 until 1979 she was the static training boat at the shore establishment HMS Dolphin, since 1981 the submarine has been a museum ship, raised out of the water and on display at the Royal Navy Submarine Museum in Gosport. Although listed as part of the National Historic Fleet, in recent years as many as 100 pigeons had been nesting in the submarine and she also sat on cradles over sea water, adding to problems of corrosion and preventing easy and economical maintenance to her exterior. Urgent repairs were needed and it was announced on 30 May 2011 that HMS Alliance would share in a £11 million Heritage Lottery Fund grant, Alliance would receive £3.4 million to repair her bow and stern and address extensive surface corrosion. The restoration included reclaiming land beneath HMS Alliance using a cofferdam and this provides easy access for future maintenance and a new viewing platform for visitors, additionally opening up the conning tower and casing. A new HMS Alliance gallery is part of the project to help ensure visitors fully appreciate the significance of this submarine. Restoration was completed by March 2014, and the submarine was opened to visitors at the Royal Navy Submarine Museum in April, HMS Alliance at the Submarine Museum HMS Alliance at Historic Naval Ships Association Google Street View Tour
5. MV Balmoral – MV Balmoral is a vintage excursion ship owned by the MV Balmoral Fund Ltd. a preservation charity. Her principal area of operation is the Bristol Channel, although she also operates day excursions to parts of the United Kingdom. The Balmoral is included on the National Historic Ships register as part of the National Historic Fleet, Balmoral was built as a ferry by John I. Thornycroft & Company at Woolston in 1949, for the Southampton, Isle of Wight, Limited, more normally known as the Red Funnel line. As built, Balmoral could carry up to 10 cars on her aft car deck, Red Funnel ceased operating excursions in 1968, after which Balmoral was acquired by P & A Campbell. She moved to the Bristol Channel, where she became part of P&A Campbells White Funnel Fleet until 1980, Balmoral moved to Dundee to become a floating restaurant. This was unsuccessful and the ship was placed for sale again, at this time the Waverley Steam Navigation Co. Ltd were looking for another vessel to operate alongside the worlds last seagoing paddle steamer, Balmoral was purchased by them and subjected to a major refit. As part of this, her car deck was enclosed to form an area that is now in use as a dining saloon, Balmoral returned to the Bristol Channel in 1986. Since then the ship has operated a season of excursions around the Bristol Channel. In winter 2002, Balmoral received new engines, her original twin 6-cyl Newbury Sirron diesels were removed and replaced with a pair of Danish-built Grenaa diesel engines and this work was partially funded by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Today Balmoral can accommodate up to 800 passengers and has a restaurant on board. In December 2012 Waverley Excursions and Waverley Steam Navigation announced that Balmoral would not be sailing in 2013, the ships operation has been hampered increasingly in recent years by extreme weather conditions. In 2015, ownership of MV Balmoral was transferred to a new registered charity MV Balmoral Fund Limited, following a refit costing over £300,000 and with help from a Coastal Communities Fund Grant, Balmoral started public sailing again on 19 June 2015. List of classic vessels MV Balmoral – Vintage Excursion Ship
6. HMS Belfast (C35) – HMS Belfast is a museum ship, originally a Royal Navy light cruiser, permanently moored on the River Thames in London, England, and operated by the Imperial War Museum. Construction of Belfast, the first Royal Navy ship to be named after the city of Northern Ireland and one of ten Town-class cruisers. She was launched on St Patricks Day 1938, commissioned in early August 1939 shortly before the outbreak of the Second World War, Belfast was initially part of the British naval blockade against Germany. In November 1939, Belfast struck a German mine and spent more than two years undergoing extensive repairs, Belfast returned to action in November 1942 with improved firepower, radar equipment, and armour. In June 1944, Belfast took part in Operation Overlord supporting the Normandy landings, in June 1945, Belfast was redeployed to the Far East to join the British Pacific Fleet, arriving shortly before the end of the Second World War. Belfast saw further action in 1950–52 during the Korean War. A number of further overseas commissions followed before Belfast entered reserve in 1963, in 1967, efforts were initiated to avert Belfasts expected scrapping and preserve her as a museum ship. A joint committee of the Imperial War Museum, the National Maritime Museum, in 1971, the government decided against preservation, prompting the formation of the private HMS Belfast Trust to campaign for her preservation. The efforts of the Trust were successful, and the government transferred the ship to the Trust in July 1971, brought to London, she was moored on the River Thames near Tower Bridge in the Pool of London. Opened to the public in October 1971, Belfast became a branch of the Imperial War Museum in 1978, a popular tourist attraction, Belfast receives over a quarter of a million visitors per year. The ship was closed to visitors following an accident in November 2011, Belfast is a cruiser of the second Town class. The Admiraltys requirement called for a 9, 000-ton cruiser, sufficiently armoured to withstand a hit from an 8-inch shell, capable of 32 knots. Seaplanes carried aboard would enable shipping lanes to be patrolled over an area. Under the Director of Naval Construction the new design evolved during 1933, the lead ship of the new class, the 9, 100-ton HMS Southampton, and her sister HMS Newcastle, were ordered under the 1933 estimates. Three more cruisers were built to design, with a further three ships built to a slightly larger 9, 400-ton design in 1935–36. In May 1936 the Admiralty decided to fit triple turrets, whose improved design would permit an increase in deck armour and this modified design became the 10, 000-ton Edinburgh subclass, named after Belfasts sister ship HMS Edinburgh. Belfast was ordered from Harland and Wolff on 21 September 1936 and her expected cost was £2,141,514, of which the guns cost £75,000 and the aircraft £66,500. She was launched on Saint Patricks Day,17 March 1938, by Anne Chamberlain, the launch was filmed by Pathe News
7. HMY Britannia – Her Majestys Yacht Britannia, also known as the Royal Yacht Britannia, is the former royal yacht of the British monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, in service from 1954 until 1997. During her 43-year career, the yacht travelled more than a million nautical miles around the globe. Today, she is a visitor attraction and evening events venue permanently berthed at Ocean Terminal, Leith, in Edinburgh, Scotland. HMY Britannia was built at the shipyard of John Brown & Co and she was launched by Queen Elizabeth II on 16 April 1953, and commissioned on 11 January 1954. The ship was designed with three masts, a 133-foot foremast, a 139-foot mainmast, and a 118-foot mizzenmast, the top aerial on the foremast and the top 20 feet of the mainmast were hinged to allow the ship to pass under bridges. Britannia was designed to be converted into a ship in time of war. In the event of war, it was intended for the Queen to take refuge aboard Britannia off the north-west coast of Scotland. The crew of Royal Yachtsmen were volunteers from the service of the Royal Navy. As a result, some served for 20 years or more, the ship also carried a platoon of Royal Marines when members of the Royal Family were on board. Britannia sailed on her voyage from Portsmouth to Grand Harbour, Malta, departing on 14 April. She carried Princess Anne and Prince Charles to Malta in order for them to meet the Queen, the Queen and Prince Philip embarked on Britannia for the first time in Tobruk on 1 May 1954. On 20 July 1959, Britannia sailed the newly opened Saint Lawrence Seaway en route to Chicago, US President Dwight D. Eisenhower was aboard Britannia for part of this cruise, Presidents Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton were welcomed aboard in later years. Charles and Diana, the Prince and Princess of Wales, took their honeymoon cruise on Britannia in 1981, the ship evacuated over 1,000 refugees from the civil war in Aden in 1986. HMY Britannia, when on royal duties, was escorted by a Royal Navy warship, during her career as Royal Yacht, Britannia conveyed the Queen, other members of the Royal Family and various dignitaries on 696 foreign visits and 272 visits in British waters. In this time, Britannia steamed 1,087,623 nautical miles, in 1997, the Conservative government committed itself to replacing the Royal Yacht if re-elected, while the Labour Party refused to disclose its plans for the vessel. After Labour won the election in May 1997, it announced the vessel was to be retired. It was estimated by the Overseas Trade Board that events held on board the yacht helped raise £3 billion for the treasury between 1991 and 1995 alone. The new government said the expenditure could not be justified given other pressures on the defence budget, proposals for the construction of a new royal yacht, perhaps financed through a loan or by the Queens own funds, have made little headway
8. HMS Bronington (M1115) – HMS Bronington was a Ton-class minesweeper of the Royal Navy, launched on 19 March 1953. This mahogany-hulled minesweeper was one of the last of the wooden walls, after being decommissioned from service, the ship was purchased in January 1989 by the Bronington Trust, a registered charity, whose patron Charles, Prince of Wales, commanded this vessel in 1976. For some time, the ship was berthed in the Manchester Ship Canal at Trafford Park, Greater Manchester, in 2002, she became part of the collection of the Warship Preservation Trust and moored at Birkenhead, Merseyside, England. On 17 March 2016, she sank at her moorings, the decision was taken to scrap HMS Bronington due to her condition. About HMS Bronington HMS Bronington at National Historic Ships Register
9. TSS T/T Calshot – TSS T/T Calshot is a tug tender built in 1929 by John I Thornycroft & Co, and completed in 1930 for the Red Funnel Line. She was also used to augment the excursion fleet, Calshot remained in service with Red Funnel from 1930-1964. At the outbreak of World War II, Calshot was appropriated by the Admiralty for use at Scapa Flow. In 1942 she was transferred to the River Clyde where she acted as tender to the two Cunard Line Queens, RMS Queen Elizabeth and RMS Queen Mary, transferring approximately 1,500,000 servicemen, in 1944 she returned to Southampton for the build up to D-Day. Calshot featured prominently in the 1952 British Transport Films production Ocean Terminal, in which, amongst other things, in 1964, Red Funnel sold the Calshot to a subsidiary of the Holland America Line, for use as the tender for the liners Maasdam and Ryndam. For this she was based in Galway Bay, Ireland, and was renamed Galway Bay after her new area of service and she would later be operated by CIÉ as a ferry between Galway and the Aran Islands. In 1986, Calshot was bought back by her port of registry, in 1991, she was moved to an apparently permanent berth at the Town Quay. However, she was moved to the Council Wharf. On April 5,2011, Calshot was moved by tugboat from Berth 50 to Berth 42, Calshot is one of only three surviving classical tender ships which served the great ocean liners. The Calshot is currently berthed in Southampton, where her restoration is being overseen by the Tug Tender Calshot Trust, the intention was to display her as part of the Aeronautica Museum in Trafalgar Dock, Southampton originally due to open in Southampton in 2015. In 2012 the Associated British Ports withdrew the Trafalgar Dock location for the museum citing the need to relocate Red Funnel Ferry operations