About Belinda

Hello! My name is Belinda Cree, and I’m one of the seafaring trainees in the 2019-2020 cohort of SHTP2. Thanks to National Historic Ships (and the National Lottery Heritage Fund), I’ll be spending the next year learning how to maintain and operate historic vessels with the help of my host partner organisation, The Excelsior Trust!

You’ll be able to follow along with me and the rest of the trainees every month as we go to college and then join our placements.

I’m from Bangor, near Belfast, in Northern Ireland.. I studied Filmmaking and Screenwriting at the University of the West of Scotland, and it’s my plan to keep making films throughout my adventures on the seas!

I got into sailing about two years ago, and I’d quickly racked up about 1000nm & my Competent Crew –  The reason I applied for this traineeship was it just seemed like the perfect opportunity to build up my experience on the water while contributing to the day-to-day operations of my potential placement. Having the backing of a project like this meant I could afford to make the move to England and commit to pursuing sailing historic vessels as a career


Read more about the Excelsior Trust and the opportunities available as part of the SHTP 2 project.

Latest blogs

UPDATE FEBRUARY 2020 - Well, after a jam-packed final fortnight at the International Boatbuilding Training College (IBTC) — where we managed to fit in sail making and repairs; welding and lofting — the time has finally arrived for us to join our placement vessels for the season!...Read more

UPDATE JANUARY 2020 - This second term at the International Boatbuilding Training College has focused on the more specific boat maintenance skills that we will need on our placement vessels (and beyond)...Read more

UPDATE - DECEMBER 2019 - It was great to produce something practical – especially a tool that once completed I go then go on to use in the next exercise with a chisel....Read more

UPDATE - NOVEMBER 2019 - I enjoyed getting an insight into the background of where boatbuilding materials come from and the considerations that go into selecting and preparing materials before they are made into something beautiful that floats!...Read more

UPDATE OCTOBER 2019These three weeks have simultaneously felt like they’ve lasted for about three minutes and three years. I can’t wait to start the next stage!..Read more


Belinda Cree