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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

Special Event

  • Special Lecture

    Special Lecture

    Special lecture sponsored by The Maritime Heritage Trust and Association of British Transport and Engineering Museums to mark the life, work and great contribution of John Robinson and to look at the future of the industrial, maritime and transport heritage sector.

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    Paddle Steamer Kingwear Castle

    Guided Visit to Shipyard with Paddle Steamer  Kingswear Castle on the slipway - provisional date Friday 12th April

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    “Sail and Steam” Visit to Maldon, Essex

    “Sail and Steam” Visit to Maldon, Essex

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  • Chatham Historic Dockyard

    Chatham Historic Dockyard

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