Category talk:National Register of Historic Vessels

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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 and which fit the above criteria.

Name Image Builder Town/City Year Class Type Location Status Remarks Certificate No. Link
Category:Alfred Corry (ship, 1893) Beeching Brothers Great Yarmouth 1893 Lifeboat Southwold Museum exhibit [1]
Category:Bertha (ship, 1844) G Lunnel & Co Bristol 1844 Dredger World of Boats Museum exhibit Designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Worked in Bridgwater docks [2]
Category:Branksome (ship, 1896) George Brockbank Windermere 1896 Windermere Operational, Museum [3]
Category:Cabby (ship, 1928) London & Rochester Trading Company 1928 Spritsail Barge Barge Maylandsea Operational, Preserved [4]
Category:Calshot (ship, 1936) John I. Thornycroft & Company Woolston, Southampton 1936 Tugboat Southampton Under restoration [5]
Category:Challenge (ship, 1931) Alexander Hall & Company Aberdeen 1931 Tugboat Bristol Harbour Operational, Available for hire Last steam tug to serve on the River Thames [6]
Category:City of Adelaide (ship, 1864) Mvcarrickirvine cropped.jpg William Pile & Hay Sunderland 1864 Clipper Scottish Maritime Museum Hulk, scheduled to be demolished Oldest clipper in the world [7]
CMB 4 John I. Thornycroft & Company Hampton 1916 Imperial War Museum Duxford Museum, exhibit [8]
Category:Comrade (ship, 1923) Warrens Shipyard New Holland 1923 Humber keel Sailing barge South Ferriby Operational, available for hire [9]
Category:Corrie (ship, 1908) Robertsons Dunoon 1908 Clyde 30 Racing Yacht Yacht Gosport Operational, Private
Category:Cutty Sark (ship, 1896) The Cutty Sark 2005-01-24.jpg Scott & Linton Dumbarton 1869 Clipper Greenwich Under restoration The world's last tea clipper [10]
Category:Edmund Gardner (ship, 1953) Philip & Son Dartmouth, Devon 1953 Pilot Cutter Merseyside Maritime Museum Museum, dry berth [11]
Category:Excellent (ship, 1931) J & G Forbes Sandhaven 1931 Drifter Fishing boat Penzance, Cornwall In commercial use Oldest wooden fishing boat in commercial use
Category:Excelsior (ship, 1921) John Chambers & Co Lowestoft 1921 Lowestoft Sailing Smack Trawler Lowestoft Training ship [12]
Glenlee GlenLee.jpg Anderson Rodger and Co Port Glasgow 1896 Barque Cargo vessel Yorkhill Quay, Glasgow Museum [13]
HMRC Vigilant Cox & Company Falmouth 1901 Customs Cruiser Medway Maritime Trust Under restoration [14]
HMS Alliance HMS Alliance S67.jpg Vickers Armstrong Barrow-in-Furness 1945 Amphion Submarine Royal Navy Submarine Museum Museum/Memorial [15]
HMS Belfast Hms belfast.jpg Harland & Wolff Belfast 1938 Town class Light cruiser Port of London Museum/Memorial [16]
HMS Caroline HMS Caroline 1914.jpg Cammell Laird Birkenhead 1914 C class Light Cruiser Port of Belfast Royal Navy Training One of two surviving World War I British warships (see also HMS M33) [17]
HMS Gannet HMS Gannet (1878).jpg Royal Dockyard Sheerness 1878 Sloop Chatham Historic Dockyard Museum [18]
HMS Medusa R A Newman & Sons Poole, Dorset 1943 Motor Launch Southampton Museum [19]
HMS Trincomalee HMS Trincomalee.jpg Wadia Shipyard Bombay, India 1816 Leda-Class Frigate Hartlepool's Maritime Experience Museum [20]
HMS Unicorn HMS Unicorn.jpg Chatham Dockyard Chatham, Kent 1824 Leda-Class Frigate Dundee, Scotland Museum [21]
HMS Victory HMS Victory - bow.jpg Chatham Dockyard Chatham, Kent 1765 Ship of the line Royal Naval Museum, HMNB Portsmouth Museum [22]
HMS Warrior HMS Warrior (1860)2008.jpg Thames Ironworks and Shipbuilding Company Leamouth 1860 Ironclad Portsmouth Museum [23]
Holland 1 Vickers, Sons & Maxim Barrow-in-Furness 1901 Holland Class Submarine Royal Navy Submarine Museum Museum [24]
HSL 102 HSL102.JPG British Power Boat Co. Hythe, Kent 1936 Motor Torpedo Boat Lymington For Sale
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 [25]
PS John H Amos Bow, McLachlan and Company Paisley, Scotland 1931 Tugboat Medway Maritime Trust Laid up on barge [26]
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 [27]
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 [28]
Landfall Hawthorn Leslie Hebburn 1944 Landing Craft Tank Landing Craft Birkenhead Laid up
Lively Hope William Weatherhead & Son Cockenzie 1936 Ring-Netter Fishing boat Scottish Fisheries Museum, Anstruther Museum exhibit [29]
LV 91 Philip & Son Dartmouth, Devon 1937 Lightvessel Swansea Floating museum
Lydia Eva Steam Drifter Lydia Eva.jpg Kings Lynn Slipway Company King's Lynn 1930 Fishing boat Herring drifter Operational, Museum The world's last surviving steam-powered herring drifter. [30]
HMS M33 HMS Monitor M33 - 4 April 2010 at Portsmouth Naval Dockyard.JPG Workman Clark Ltd Belfast 1915 M29 class monitor Monitor Portsmouth Historic Dockyard Museum [31]
Maria Harris Brothers Rowhedge 1866 Smack Fishing boat Brightlingsea Private, operating
Mayflower Stothert & Marten Bristol 1861 Tugboat Bristol harbour Floating museum [32]
Mirosa John Howard Maldon 1892 Thames sailing barge Iron Wharf, Faversham Operational, preserved [33]
MTB 102 Vospers Portsmouth 1937 Motor Torpedo Boat Lowestoft Owned by a trust [34]
Olga J Bowden Porthleven 1909 Pilot Cutter Swansea Floating museum [35]
Peacock Fellows Morton and Clayton Saltley Dock, Birmingham 1915 Narrowboat Dudley Floating museum [36]
Peggy Unknown 1789 Yacht Castletown, Isle of Man Stored, undercover [37]
Prince Frederick's Barge John Hall South Bank 1732 State Barge National Maritime Museum Museum [38]
Pyronaut Pyronaut.JPG Charles Hill & Sons Ltd Bristol 1934 Fireboat Bristol Harbour Railway and Industrial Museum Floating museum 619 [39]
Reaper Reaper in sail.jpg J & G Forbes Ltd Sandhaven 1901 Fishing boat Scottish Fisheries Museum, Anstruther Operational, Museum
Result Robert Kent & Company Carrickfergus 1893 Schooner Ulster Folk and Transport Museum, Cultra Museum exhibit 496 [40]
Royal Yacht Britannia HMY Britannia.jpg John Brown Ltd Clydebank 1952 Royal Yacht/Hospital Ship Leith, Edinburgh Floating museum 1919 [41]
RRS Discovery RRS Discovery.jpg Dundee Shipbuilders' Company Dundee 1901 Polar Research Ship Dundee Floating museum 39 [42]
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 [43]
SS Nomadic SSNomadic2000.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 [44]
SS Robin Mackenzie, MacAlpine & Co Leamouth 1890 Coastal Steamer West India Docks, London Floating museum 1794 [45]
SS Shieldhall SS Shieldhall 2005c.jpg Lobnitz & Co Ltd Renfrew 1955 Sewage Disposal vessel Southampton Operational, Private 66 [46]
Stormy Petrel R & C Perkins Whitstable 1890 Oyster Smack Gillingham Private, operating 840
T 3 Royal Engineers Richborough, Kent 1918 Seaplane Lighter Fleet Air Arm Museum, Yeovilton Museum exhibit 712 [47]
Turbinia Turbinia At Speed.jpg Marine Steam Turbine Co Heaton 1894 Discovery Museum Museum Original engine at Science Museum 138 [48]
PS Waverley PS Waverley off Greenock 1994.jpg A & J Inglis Pointhouse, River Clyde 1946 Paddle Steamer Firth of Clyde Operational 90 [49]
Zetland Henry Greathead South Shields 1802 Lifeboat Redcar Museum Oldest lifeboat in the world 627 [50]


  1. About the registers. National Historic Fleet Collection. National Historic Ships. Retrieved on 2009-06-26.