Boathouse 4 is a free attraction at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, combining an exciting interactive exhibition, traditional boatbuilding training and a brasserie overlooking the harbour, all under one roof. Originally constructed in 1938-40, it is the only boathouse to be built in a home dockyard during the rapid rearmament period of the 1930s. 

The Boathouse, now managed by Portsmouth Historic Quarter, was restored and opened to the public with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Regional Growth Fund. It is now a lively exhibition, conservation and events space with a varied collection of historic vessels including HSL 102, Landing Craft Foxtrot 8 and VIC 56. Regular harbour trips are available on board a number of these craft from the recently opened Heritage Pontoon. 

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What is a Shipshape Network Hub

NHS-UK have partnered with maritime heritage organisations across the UK to act as Shipshape Network Hubs for their region. Hubs are ambassadors that aim to bring businesses and individual vessel projects together. Hubs carry out Network-related projects, supports the sector and helps attract funds, giving advice to Network members.

Download our Hub leaflet for more information.

Hub Services and Activities 

Sharing knowledge and expertise – offering advice and guidance to anyone undertaking conservation projects or funding applications 

Creating connections – working with organisations across the South East and wider Shipshape Network

Hosting workshops - conservation, boat building, volunteering and training workshops for local projects, companies and vessel owners

Heritage moorings - moorings are available within the Boathouse 4 marina to visiting historic craft listed on the NRHV for an agreed length of time. For more information, contact your Hub via the form below. 

Network events - fostering links across the region 

Representing Shipshape South East - championing the South East's maritime heritage at local and national events

Attracting investment - working with local partners to sustain our maritime heritage 

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Contact your Hub to find out more about their activities and services. 

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