The WWI: Britain’s Surviving Vessels project was delivered by National Historic Ships UK (NHS-UK) and funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) under its ‘Your Heritage’ programme. The project ran from October 2013 to December 2016 and aimed to achieve the following:

  • To undertake research into 60 registered historic vessels and tell the stories of the role they played during the First World War
  • To create dedicated web-pages on which to upload the vessel informationTo develop a pop-up exhibition and tour to five venues
  • To draft statements of significance for the 60 featured vessels in the project
  • To undertake a programme of outreach and vessel visits

The history of First World War at sea is more than Jutland and a  handful of  other big ship actions. It is a much richer story, incorporating not only fighting, but requisitions by the Navy, the development of new technologies and transporting men and supplies to the Western Front and Gallipoli. A few vessels even managed to continue their usual roles, seemingly relatively unscathed by the war. 

Whilst this project has now officially ended, the website remains live and we will continue to add new vessel stories for the duration of the Centenary period.  If you know more about any of the vessels featured and their role in the war, please get in touch with us. 

Our pop-up travelling display also remains available for events, vessel open days, festivals or regattas until 2018 and can be hosted free of charge during this time.  For more information and to view the vessel stories, see:

To learn more about the project, please download the full evaluation report.