Historic boat volunteers

Volunteer at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.

Portsmouth Naval Base Property Trust has a team of skilled volunteer workers who maintain the collection of historic boats. They have a workshop in Boathouse 5 (the old Mary Rose Museum) that is free and open to the public.

Their work programme is managed by the Trust’s Boat Collection Manager. During special events and festivals, when some of the boats are used to take visitors on harbour tours, the volunteers also act as crew members and guides.

Some of the vessels restored and maintained by the Historic Boat Volunteers include the Green Parrot, formerly the barge of the Commander-in-Chief Naval Home Command; Osborne, a 31 ft steam launch built in 1891 for the Royal Yacht, and more recently Cyclops – a 42 ft rowing boat built in 1916 as launch to the World War 1 battleship Royal Sovereign.

For more information on what the Historic Boat Volunteers have been doing please read their Monthly News Letter, written by volunteer Fred Attwood.

In Spring 2015 the volunteers will move to their new home at Boathouse 4 where they will help to support the activities of the boat building training college run by IBTC. Volunteers will give tours and demonstrations. Would you like to join this happy team?
Contact Marian Smith, Volunteer Coordinator Tel: 023 92 8933 22 E: marian@boathouse4.org
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