Flagship of the Year 2017

The 2016 overall winner is Balmoral. It demonstrated an extensive public programme over the season well beyond their home cruising grounds. This year we also awarded four regional winners.  Read our press release for further details

Become our Flagship of the Year

Flagship of the Year is an annual award run by National Historic Ships UK  and is aimed at vessels which are in operational condition and which raise their profile by attending public events and festivals. Last year we decided to expand the scheme by running a new award of Regional Flagship of the Year in conjunction with the National Award, and for 2016 we have decided to continue with this format.

This year, the National Flagship will receive £500 to spend on the vessel, and the special Flagship Broad Pennant (which has become a feature of the award) to fly at the masthead

Regional Flagships will receive £250 to be spent on the vessel and a newly commissioned Broad Pennant comprising the colours of the National Award Pennant reversed in order to differentiate the two awards.

Awards in both categories are made on the premise that the programme as set out as a comprehensive one and 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 public.

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, specifying the following:

  • Key places to be visited
  • Details of events or festivals to be attended
  • Significance of the vessel and any links to cruising destinations
  • 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 or 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 eligible to attend festivals or events outside British waters in accordance with any grant made, 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 onboard 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 should be deemed a representative of National Historic Ships UK.

Please note a decision will be made on the quality and the number of applications received.

 Flagship of Year 2017 opens January 2017 and closes on the 15th March 2017.