Flagship of the Year 2018

Become our Flagship of the Year

Flagship of the Year and Regional Flagship of the Year are annual awards run by National Historic Ships UK and are aimed at operational vessels which raise their profile by attending public events and festivals.

The National Flagship will receive £500 to spend on the vessel and a special Flagship Broad Pennant to fly at the masthead

Regional Flagships will receive £250 to be spent on the vessel and a Broad Pennant comprising the colours of the National Award Pennant reversed.

Awards in both categories are made on the premise that the submitted programme will be achieved, and that Flagships will actively promote the scheme and the work of National Historic Ships UK throughout the programme and to the widest possible audience.


How to apply

Using our online application, owners of vessels on the NRHV who wish to apply should outline their cruising programme for the season, setting out:

  • Key places to be visited
  • Details of events or festivals to be attended
  • Any links to cruising destinations with the vessel’s significance
  • Public benefit from vessel attendance at any events
  • Ways in which the vessel would support National Historic Ships UK during the year.

Applications should also state how the grant would be used.

Applicants are encouraged to include photographs that demonstrate the aesthetic and promotional impact the vessel is likely to make.

The panel reserve the right not to award this grant depending on the number and the quality of the applications received.

Vessels applying for Flagship status are of course free to attend festivals and events outside British waters but the vessel must then be returned to her permanent berth in the United Kingdom

The vessel awarded Flagship status agrees to carry publicity material on behalf of National Historic Ships UK for distribution at events, as well as allowing members of the team to come on board by prior arrangement at any festival attended to promote the work of National Historic Ships UK. The Broad Pennant should be flown on all public occasions when the vessel is be deemed a representative of National Historic Ships UK.