National Historic Fleet, Core Collection

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The National Historic Fleet, Core Collection is a list of museum ships located in the United Kingdom, under the National Historic Ships register.

The vessels on the National Historic Fleet are distinguished by:

  • Being of pre-eminent national or regional significance
  • Spanning the spectrum of UK maritime history
  • Illustrating changes in construction and technology
  • Meriting a higher priority for long term preservation[1]

The National Historic Fleet may also include vessels from the National Small Boat Register which are a minimum of 50 years old and which fit the above criteria.

Name Image Builder Town/City Year Class Type Location Status Remarks Certificate No. Link
Alfred Corry Beeching Brothers Great Yarmouth 1893 Lifeboat Southwold Museum exhibit [1]
Bertha G Lunnel & Co Bristol 1844 Dredger Eyemouth - World of Boats Museum exhibit Designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Worked in Bridgwater docks [2]
Branksome George Brockbank Windermere 1896 Steam Launch Windermere Awaiting restoration, Museum (currently closed for rebuild) [3]
Cabby London & Rochester Trading Company 1928 Spritsail Barge Barge Maylandsea Operational, Preserved [4]
Calshot Red Funnel tug tender Calshot.jpg John I. Thornycroft & Company Woolston, Southampton 1936 Tugboat Southampton Under restoration Tug, tender & excursion vessel [5]
Challenge Tug Challenge.jpg Alexander Hall & Company Aberdeen 1931 Tugboat Southampton Operational, Available for hire Last steam tug to serve on the River Thames [6]
CMB 4 John I. Thornycroft & Company Hampton 1916 Imperial War Museum Duxford Museum, exhibit [7]
Comrade Warrens Shipyard New Holland 1923 Humber keel Sailing barge South Ferriby Operational, available for hire [8]
Corrie Robertsons Dunoon 1908 Clyde 30 Racing Yacht Yacht Gosport Operational, Private
Cutty Sark The Cutty Sark 2005-01-24.jpg Scott & Linton Dumbarton 1869 Clipper London - Greenwich Restored and open to the public following fire and renovation The world's last tea clipper [9]
Edmund Gardner Edmund Gardner 2013.JPG Philip and Son Dartmouth, Devon 1953 Pilot Cutter Liverpool - Merseyside Maritime Museum Museum, dry berth [10]
Excellent J & G Forbes Sandhaven 1931 Drifter Fishing boat Penzance, Cornwall In commercial use Oldest wooden fishing boat in commercial use
Excelsior John Chambers & Co Lowestoft 1921 Lowestoft Sailing Smack Trawler Lowestoft Training ship [11]
Glenlee GlenLee.jpg Anderson Rodger and Co Port Glasgow 1896 Barque Cargo vessel Glasgow - Yorkhill Quay Museum [12]
HMRC Vigilant Cox & Company Falmouth 1901 Customs Cruiser Medway Maritime Trust Under restoration [13]
HMS Alliance HMS Alliance S67.jpg Vickers Armstrong Barrow-in-Furness 1945 Amphion Submarine Gosport - Royal Navy Submarine Museum Museum/Memorial [14]
HMS Belfast Hms belfast.jpg Harland & Wolff Belfast 1938 Town class Light cruiser London - Port of London Museum/Memorial [15]
HMS Caroline HMS Caroline 1914.jpg Cammell Laird Birkenhead 1914 C class Light Cruiser Belfast - Port of Belfast Royal Navy Training One of two surviving World War I British warships (see also HMS M33) [16]
HMS Gannet HMS Gannet (1878).jpg Royal Dockyard Sheerness 1878 Sloop Chatham Historic Dockyard Museum [17]
HMS Medusa R A Newman & Sons Poole, Dorset 1943 Motor Launch Southampton Museum [18]
HMS Trincomalee HMS Trincomalee.jpg Wadia Shipyard Bombay, India 1816 Leda-Class Frigate Hartlepool's Maritime Experience Museum [19]
HMS Unicorn HMS Unicorn.jpg Chatham Dockyard Chatham, Kent 1824 Leda-Class Frigate Dundee, Museum [20]
HMS Victory HMS Victory - bow.jpg Chatham Dockyard Chatham, Kent 1765 Ship of the line Portsmouth - Royal Naval Museum, HMNB Portsmouth Museum Oldest commissioned naval ship in the world [21]
HMS Warrior HMS Warrior (1860)2008.jpg Thames Ironworks and Shipbuilding Company Leamouth 1860 Ironclad Portsmouth Museum [22]
Holland 1 Smfirstholland.jpg Vickers, Sons & Maxim Barrow-in-Furness 1901 Holland Class Submarine Gosport - Royal Navy Submarine Museum Museum [23]
HSL 102 HSL102.JPG British Power Boat Co. Hythe, Kent 1936 High Speed Rescue Launch Portsmouth - Gunwharf Quays On display[2]
Jesse Lumb RNLB Jesse Lumb at Imperial War Museum Duxford.jpg J Samuel White & Co Cowes, Isle of Wight 1939 Watson class Lifeboat Imperial War Museum Duxford Museum exhibit [24]
PS John H Amos Bow, McLachlan and Company Paisley, Scotland 1931 Tugboat Medway Maritime Trust Laid up on barge [25]
Kathleen and May Kathleen and May01.jpg Ferguson and Baird Connah's Quay, Flintshire 1900 Schooner Bideford, Devon Operational, Up For Sale Last remaining wooden hull three masted top sail schooner [26]
Kindly Light Armour Brothers Fleetwood 1911 Pilot Cutter Gweek Under restoration
PS Kingswear Castle PS Kingswear Castle01.JPG Philip & Son Dartmouth, Devon 1924 Paddle Steamer River Medway Operational [27]
Landfall (HMS LCT-7074) Hawthorn Leslie Hebburn 1944 Landing Craft Tank Landing Craft Birkenhead Laid up - sunk at her moorings 2010
Lively Hope William Weatherhead & Son Cockenzie 1936 Ring-Netter Fishing boat Anstruther - Scottish Fisheries Museum Museum exhibit [28]
LV 91 Philip & Son Dartmouth, Devon 1937 Lightvessel Swansea Floating museum
Lydia Eva Steam Drifter Lydia Eva.jpg King's Lynn Slipway Company King's Lynn 1930 Fishing boat, Herring drifter Great Yarmouth Operational, Museum The world's last surviving steam-powered herring drifter. [29]
HMS M33 HMS Monitor M33 - 4 April 2010 at Portsmouth Naval Dockyard.JPG Workman Clark Ltd Belfast 1915 M29 class monitor Monitor Portsmouth - Portsmouth Historic Dockyard Museum [30]
Maria Harris Brothers Rowhedge 1866 Smack Fishing boat Brightlingsea Private, operating
Mayflower Stothert & Marten Bristol 1861 Tugboat Bristol harbour Floating museum [31]
Mirosa John Howard Maldon 1892 Thames sailing barge Faversham - Iron Wharf Operational, preserved [32]
MTB 102 Vospers Portsmouth 1937 Motor Torpedo Boat Lowestoft Owned by a trust [33]
Olga J Bowden Porthleven 1909 Pilot Cutter Swansea Floating museum [34]
Peacock Fellows Morton and Clayton Saltley Dock, Birmingham 1915 Narrowboat Dudley Floating museum [35]
Peggy Unknown 1789 Yacht Castletown, Isle of Man Stored, undercover [36]
Portwey Portwey ug.jpg Harland and Wolff River Clyde 1927 Service Vessel Tugboat West India Docks Operational 54 [37]
President Fellows Morton and Clayton Saltley Dock, Birmingham 1909 Narrowboat Dudley Floating museum [38]
Prince Frederick's Barge John Hall South Bank 1732 State Barge London - National Maritime Museum, Greenwich Museum [39]
Pyronaut Pyronaut.JPG Charles Hill & Sons Ltd Bristol 1934 Fireboat Bristol - Bristol Harbour Railway and Industrial Museum Floating museum 619 [40]
Reaper Reaper in sail.jpg J & G Forbes Ltd Sandhaven 1901 Fishing boat Anstruther - Scottish Fisheries Museum Operational, Museum
Result Robert Kent & Company Carrickfergus 1893 Schooner Cultra - Ulster Folk and Transport Museum Museum exhibit 496 [41]
Royal Yacht Britannia HMY Britannia.jpg John Brown Ltd Clydebank 1952 Royal Yacht/Hospital Ship Leith, Edinburgh Floating museum 1919 [42]
RRS Discovery RRS Discovery.jpg Dundee Shipbuilders' Company Dundee 1901 Polar Research Ship Dundee Floating museum 39 [43]
Sabrina Fielding & Platt Ltd Gloucester 1870 Inspection Launch Maidenhead Private: operating 62
SS Great Britain Ss Great Britain.jpg W Patterson Wapping Wharf, Bristol 1843 Passenger ship Bristol Harbour Museum 76 [44]
SS Nomadic Nomadic.jpg Harland & Wolff Belfast 1910 Passenger Tender Belfast Under restoration Built to ferry passengers from Cherbourg to RMS Olympic and RMS Titanic. Last surviving ship built for White Star Line. 2053 [45]
SS Robin SS Robin 2010.JPG Mackenzie, MacAlpine & Co Leamouth 1890 Coastal Steamer London - Royal Victoria Dock Floating museum 1794 [46]
SS Shieldhall SS Shieldhall 2005c.jpg Lobnitz & Co Ltd Renfrew 1955 Sewage Disposal vessel Southampton Operational, Private 66 [47]
Stormy Petrel R & C Perkins Whitstable 1890 Oyster Smack Gillingham Private, operating 840
T 3 Royal Engineers Richborough, Kent 1918 Seaplane Lighter Yeovilton - Fleet Air Arm Museum Museum exhibit 712 [48]
Turbinia Turbinia At Speed.jpg Marine Steam Turbine Co Heaton 1894 Newcastle upon Tyne - Discovery Museum Museum Original engine at Science Museum 138 [49]
PS Waverley PS Waverley off Greenock 1994.jpg A & J Inglis Pointhouse, River Clyde 1946 Paddle Steamer Firth of Clyde Operational 90 [50]
Zetland Henry Greathead South Shields 1802 Lifeboat Redcar Museum Oldest lifeboat in the world 627 [51]

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  1. ^ "About the registers". National Historic Fleet Collection. National Historic Ships. Retrieved 2009-06-26. 
  2. ^ Historic Boat Charter - RAF - HSL 102