Filmed aboard HMS Belfast on the Thames in central London and introduced by historian and TV presenter Dan Snow, with round the world sailor Tracy Edwards, National Historic Ships UK’s annual awards ceremony is a celebration of maritime heritage around UK coasts, lakes, and rivers. It encourages people of all ages and backgrounds to engage with static and operational historic vessels through photography, volunteering, conservation, online activities and skills-based training.
In honour of NHS-UK’s late Director, Martyn Heighton, the Excellence in Maritime Conservation Award is now in its second year. Launched to mark best practice in the conservation of historic vessels, this Award boasts a hand carved trophy that was commissioned using wood previously removed from HMS Victory and gifted to NHS-UK courtesy of the National Museum of the Royal Navy (NMRN).
This year’s recipient of the Award is the Scottish Fisheries Museum for their three-phase conservation of the historic fishing boat Reaper; from initial survey work and creation of a formal Conservation Management Plan to her return to Anstruther Harbour to celebrate the start of the 50th Anniversary Year of the Scottish Fisheries Museum on 4 July 2019.
The Awards Ceremony was streamed via the National Historic Ships website at www.nationalhistoricships.org.uk/page/awards-2020. It included the graduation of the Shipshape Heritage Training Partnership 2 ship-keeping trainees, one of whom, Hannah Fraser, is based at the Museum and has contributed towards the Reaper conservation project.