Unemployed with time on your hands? Come join us for the opportunity to create your own ghost ship and learn new skills

The Disappearing Lines workshop is a combination of practical hands-on activities interwoven with capturing the stories of craft in danger of extinction.  The one-day workshop will give you the opportunity to try your hand at two key processes in traditional wooden boat building – steam bending and copper-rivet fastening.  Through demonstrating and tutoring, you will create your own miniature oak ribcage of a boat — a ghost ship symbolising the disappearing lines of the craft.  You do not need to be skilled in woodwork and it is accessible to all ages.

The workshop will also bring to life examples of working boats in danger of extinction. You are also invited to bring your own memory objects linked to a local boat that is endangered or lost and share the narrative attached to it.

This is a free workshop for unemployed adults with lunch provided.

About the tutor

Disappearing Lines will be delivered by professional wooden boatbuilder Gail McGarva and is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

Gail McGarva specialises in the building of replicas of boats in danger of extinction, which has been recognised in a British Empire Medal.  In 2017 she was awarded an Arts Council Individual Grant for the Arts in support of the Story Boat Project.  The Story Boat is a miniature maritime museum that Gail created from the upturned boat Vera from 1923, giving her a new lease of life on land as the keeper of memories and encapsulates Gail’s passion for the preserving of traditional craft.  The on-going work of the Story Boat Project is an integration of Gail’s work as a boat builder, workshop facilitator and teller of stories.

Date and Times: Friday 26 November | 10am-4pm

Location: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich

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To enquire about this workshop please email learning@rmg.co.uk

The Disappearing Lines workshop is being offered at a range of venues around England. See here for the complete list of dates and venues. 

Disappearing Lines and the Story Boat Project are both Shipshape Network South West projects. 

Disappearing Lines


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