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Reminder named Historic Ships Regional Flagship of the Year 2017 for East Anglia

We are delighted that sb Reminder has been named by National Historic Ships as its Regional Flagship of the Year 2017 for East Anglia.   Reminder can usually be seen at Maldon Hythe Quay.   She carries OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAout an extensive programme each year, and again this year is acting as “home” for the Sea-Change Sailing Trust’s charters with young people.

The press release from National Historic Ships is given below.

Your Editor is particularly pleased to see that the Regional Flagship for the South West is Our Daddy  –  not a sailing barge but a Looe fishing boat, claiming to be the last of her type built.   I had the pleasure of seeing her at her home base of Brixham not long after she changed hands and of talking to her new owners.   She is a beautiful vessel being very well looked after.

PRESS RELEASE

National Historic Ships UK announces FLAGSHIP OF THE YEAR AWARD

Following eight successful years of very different kinds of vessels from around the UK winning this award, National Historic Ships UK has again extended the scheme for 2017.

This year, National Historic Ships UK decided the applications more strongly represented Regional rather than National event programmes and it was decided to award four Regional Flagships to recognise the commitment that many vessels give to their home cruising grounds.   In announcing this further extension of the scheme Hannah Cunliffe, Director of National Historic Ships UK, said: “I am delighted that we are able to offer these Awards once more and publicise the range of cruising programmes which these vessels are planning for the coming season.   Our four 2017 Regional Flagships have all shown their enthusiasm for raising the profile of UK maritime heritage at the events they are attending and we look forward to working closely with them in the months ahead.”

The Award criteria requires vessel owners to come forward with seasonal programmes to engage the public through festivals, demonstrations, on-board cruises, quayside visits, educational programmes, participation in races and similar activities. Flagships are expected to promote actively the role of National Historic Ships UK by distributing associated PR material and flying the flag as our ambassadors. The four Regional Flagships will each receive a grant of £250 to be spent on the vessel, along with a special Regional Flagship Broad Pennant denoting the year in which the award was made.

The 2017 Regional Flagship Awards have been given to: Caronia (Regional Flagship of the Year 2017 for the Solent) – for her commitment to education and engagement with maritime heritage involving an intensive series of visits from her current home port in Chichester to her historic home port of St Ives, via Yarmouth, Falmouth, Penzance, Plymouth and Dartmouth.

Daniel Adamson (Regional Flagship of the Year 2017 for the North-West) – for her commitment to education and engagement with the North-West’s maritime heritage involving an intensive series of visits extending to Ellesmere Port, Liverpool, and Lymm. http://www.thedanny.co.uk/

Our Daddy (Regional Flagship of the Year 2017 for the South West) – for her commitment to education and engagement with the South West’s maritime heritage involving an intensive series of visits extending to Brixham, Looe, Falmouth, Dartmouth and the Isles of Scilly.

Reminder (Regional Flagship of the Year 2017 for East Anglia) – for her commitment to education and engagement with East Anglia’s maritime heritage involving an intensive series of visits extending to Maldon, the Medway, and London. http://www.top-sail.co.uk/

Each Flagship will be presented with its broad pennant by a member of the NHS-UK team.  

Lady Jean for sale

There’s an advertisement on The Yacht Market website for the sale of the Lady Jean.   £95,000 to spare? 

The description says that the wooden spritsail Thames Sailing barge is for sale.   She has steel masts and wooden topmast.   At 27 metres in length, she is one of the largest in terms of volume.   Lady Jean is a National Historic Ship and a sister ship to Lady Daphne.   They were built in 1926 by Short Brothers of Rochester for Bradley of Rochester and named after his daughters.   Although for part of her life she was called Sir Alan Herbert.

Previously used as a schoolship by the East Coast Sail Trust, she later became an artist’s studio and home.   She has since undergone major restoration work including opening up the whole hold area to give a large living space, but there is still work to do.

The advertisement can be seen here.