Who we are

Council Members:


David Ralph
Between 1967 and 1970, David was a Marine Engineer Officer Cadet with the New Zealand Shipping Company, London then Member of the P&O Group.  Then between 1974 and 1990 he worked as an Assistant Naval Architect, Senior Assistant Naval Architect, Naval Architect & Hull Surveyor with Burness, Corlett & Partners Ltd, Basingstoke (now Burness Corlett Three Quays, Town Quay, Southampton). Currently a Principal Surveyor for the Department of Transport Surveyor General's Organisiation and successors the Marine Safety Agency through Maritime & Coastguard Agency, David's involved in all aspects of work associated with the making and application of mandatory regulations and the management of policy development in the UK.  He is a specialist in sail training vessels, historic ships and the making and application of policy nationally and internationally.
David is a committee member and Convenor for the International Maritime Organisation and International Standards Organisation.

John Robinson John Robinson

John worked for many years in the Science Museum as Senior Curator of Water Transport. In that capacity he oversaw the work of the PRISM Fund (Preservation of Industrial and Scientific Material) which at that time was run by the museum and which then (and now) has been an significant force in the conservation of land and water transport along with other technical and scientific artefacts. In 2006 John joined the new Advisory Committee on Historic Vessels taking  up a position on the Registration  Committee of National Historic Ships. He serves on the Executive Committee of European Maritime Heritage, was a former Board member of Heritage Afloat, was advisor to the World Ship Trust, and is now on the Board of The Maritime Trust. John is a keen yachtsman  and is renowned for fetching up at maritime festivals throughout Europe by sea.

Alan Watson
Alan is a former Merchant Navy Electronics Officer with a lifetime interest in boats and ships of all sizes, starting with his grandfather’s boat, through his father, who was boatman for Thames Conservancy,  to his own boat, a classic Nelson 42. Alan is Chairman of the Medusa Trust, which owns, operates and recently completed a major restoration of HMS Medusa a World War 2 Harbour Defence Motor Launch, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Vessels and is in the National Historic Fleet. He is a keen researcher of all things to do with the Merchant and Royal Navies, is a Trustee of the Coastal Forces Trust,  and a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Shipwrights.


Stuart Wilkinson

Stuart has heritage and preservation experience across a range of transport sectors including on a personal level cars and motorcycles, as well as small boats, particularly river craft.  A past President of the Thames Traditional Boat Rally, he is a member of the Thames Vintage Boat Club, Windermere Motor Boat Racing Club and Association of Dunkirk Little Ships.  His boat Debonair, a 1923 Gibbs 24ft Thames launch is on the NHS register.

In addition to his maritime activities he chairs the Transport Trust, and is a Trustee of 5Bel Trust (“Bring Back the Brighton Belle”) and a member of the Historic Commercial Vehicle Society.  In his professional life Stuart worked with BP in commercial and operational roles in several countries before becoming a self-employed management consultant.

Captain GA Hogg RN Rtd

Registration Working Group Member
Captain George Hogg

George served in the Royal Navy, undertaking amongst many roles that of Naval Attaché to states in South America. A keen maritime historian, he was a founding Trustee and driving force of the National Maritime Museum Cornwall. George has a particular interest in vessels at the lower end of the size spectrum, initiating and developing the National Small Boat Register which is run from the museum in Falmouth.  George has worked very closely with National Historic Ships over the years, serving on the Registration committee 2006-20011, and is now a welcome member of the new working group.


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landing strake:

the strake between the binding strake and the top strake