Terms of reference

In order to fulfil the remit as set out above, National Historic Ships UK shall:

i) Hold, develop, manage, maintain, and make available to the public at large the National Register of Historic Vessels (NRHV), including the National Historic Fleet (NHF); the National Archive of Historic Vessels (NAHV) and the Overseas Watch List (OWL) as fundamental, authoritative sources of information for all matters relating to historic vessels in the UK

ii) Work in close association with the National Small Boat Register (NSBR) held and developed by the National Maritime Museum Cornwall, in order to support the aims of the NSBR and to ensure that vessels outside the length criterion for the NRHV but of outstanding national significance are listed appropriately in the National Historic Fleet.

iii) Encourage awareness and understanding of the through-life costs of conserving, repairing, maintaining, and (where appropriate) operating historic vessels

iv) Develop, coordinate and promote the highest possible professional standards of good practice for ship and boat conservation skills through an active programme of needs assessment, guidance, publications, and the sharing of experience and expertise across the sector

v) Provide guidance to vessel custodians and owners on business planning, fund-raising, issues relating to operational vessels, interpretation and educational programmes in order to make historic vessels more self-sustaining and attractive to new audiences.

vi) Provide initial advice on grant applications in response to requests from vessel owners, ensuring always that any such advice relates to principles, not details; does not imply endorsement of the project concerned; and does not conflict with National Historic Ships’ role as independent and objective expert advisers to HLF and other grant making bodies.

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landing strake:

the strake between the binding strake and the top strake