Flagship of the Year and Regional Flagship of the Year are awards run annually by National Historic Ships UK.  Following the latest government advice on the spread of Covid-19, many historic vessels have had to cancel or postpone events and programmes that might have made them eligible to apply for Flagship status.  Therefore, we have decided to extend the deadline for this award and look instead for a ‘virtual’ Flagship this year.

We are seeking craft which continue to raise their profile throughout the current Covid-19 outbreak by online activities, social media, developing learning resources, offering virtual tours or other creative means.  This can apply to vessels which are normally operational or static.

We want to celebrate and support historic vessels and maritime heritage across the UK during these exceptionally challenging times.  As one of our 2020 virtual flagships you will have our full online support over the coming months to help promote your vessel.  You can also be one of our ambassadors to keep the profile of our maritime heritage high! 

Our Shipshape Regional Networks capture vessel conservation and skills activities in your local area. Visit our Shipshape Network to find out more and select your Regional zone when completing your application.

The benefits of being a NHS-UK Flagship

The National Flagship will receive £500 to spend on the vessel or related digital activities and a special Flagship Broad Pennant to fly at the masthead once the ship is active again.

Regional Flagships will receive £250 to be spent on the vessel or related digital activities and a Broad Pennant comprising the colours of the National Award Pennant reversed.

Awards in both categories are made on the premise that the submitted programme will be achieved, and that Flagships will actively promote the scheme and the work of National Historic Ships UK throughout the programme and to the widest possible audience.

Please note any award not taken up before the next round of applications begin will be withdrawn automatically.

How to apply

Please note that any data supplied within this form may be held by National Historic Ships UK in perpetuity for archival purposes and kept on our electronic record system which is only accessible by authorised staff. 

Using our online application, owners of vessels/organisations on the NRHV who wish to apply should outline their proposed online activities or social media outreach during the coming months, setting out:

  • Current situation of their vessel(s) / museum
  • Social media platforms and level of outreach
  • Any online events or activities being planned
  • Details of online learning or virtual tours
  • Other creative ways of raising your vessel’s profile during UK lockdown
  • Ways in which the vessel will support the work of National Historic Ships UK during the year and raise the online profile of maritime heritage

Applicants should also include the following:

  • Details of vessel outreach in previous years e.g. visitor numbers, events attended, engagement with the public or specialist groups
  • An explanation of how the grant will be used
  • Any photographs, marketing material or web links which demonstrate the likely engagement and promotional impact of your activity.

The panel reserves the right not to award this grant depending on the number and the quality of the applications received. Please note that an individual/organisation cannot apply for flagship if a vessel from their fleet has already received this accolade in the last five years.

The vessel/organisation awarded Flagship status agrees to interact with National Historic Ships UK via social media, web and in related online activity during the year.  National Historic Ships UK will work closely with successful applicants to promote and support their online engagement programme via social media, its website and newsletters.

This has now closed  Any existing applicants are welcome to amend their proposal in light of the above changes to the Award resulting from Covid-19.