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Ship-Keeping Weekend

Ship-Keeping Weekend

National Historic Ships UK  have teamed up with Royal Museums Greenwich, the International Boat building Training College, Lowestoft, the Association of Bargemen and Hermitage River Projects to offer a weekend of adult learning in traditional ship-keeping skills at the Cutty Sark clipper ship in Greenwich.

Have a go at some of the hands on practical skills used to maintain a historic vessel and experience traditional seamanship aboard a historic Thames Sailing Barge.                                                                                       

Activities take place between 10am -5pm on Sat 12th and Sun 13th May and will include:    

  • Planking & Caulking
  • Knotting and splicing of rope work
  • Steaming bending and roving timbers
  • Axe hewing & spar making demonstrations
  • Barge sailing.

The masterclasses will be delivered by tutors and instructors from the IBTC, and will take place in the dry berth of the Cutty Sark and/or the grounds of the Royal Naval College. This program is ideally suited to those with a keen interest in how to maintain a traditional wooden sailing craft.

Also in the weekend is an opportunity to cruise on the river Thames from and back to a local pier aboard a historic Thames sailing barge.

The weekend cost is £250 and includes materials, entrance to the Cutty Sark, tutoring, lunch, and the Thames Sailing Barge experience.

As an extra all those attending could all join a group supper on Saturday in a local pub.

There is also the possibility to join the Thames barge on its 2 day journey to and from London and Ipswich. Limited capacity and weather permitting only.

People can book and pay online using the ‘book now’ button on the RMG website: https://www.rmg.co.uk/see-do/exhibitions-events/ship-keeping-weekend-cutty-sark, or pay direct over the phone via credit/debit card by calling Dan Bailey at the finance department at the NMM: 020 8312 6591.

Event Properties

Event Date 12-05-2018 9:00 am
Event End Date 13-05-2018 5:00 pm
Capacity Unlimited
Individual Price £250.00

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