Portsmouth Naval Base Property Trust was set up in 1985 by the Ministry of Defence and Portsmouth City Council. Its initial purpose was to take responsibility for the long-term preservation of the historic south-west corner of Portsmouth Naval Base which had been released under the 1982 Defence Review.

Today, the Trust has a sizable collection of small historic boats, many of which are on permanent display in Boathouse 4 or afloat at the Heritage Pontoon. The boats, whether powered by oars, sails, steam, or diesel, are fascinating examples of the wide range of designs and construction methods employed in recent centuries.

It is also home to the International Boatbuilding Training College, Portsmouth which delivers a 1-year IBTC Portsmouth Diploma in Wooden Boatbuilding, including a Level 3 City and Guilds Qualification in Marine Construction, a specialist 12-week joinery course and a varied programme of short courses.

Find out more about the site [link to current Shipshape Network page].

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 

Get in touch

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

Email your enquiry to the PNBPT Contact form

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Visit our website: www.pnbpropertytrust.org

Boathouse 4 interior