Awards for historic boats and crews

National flaghip of the year MV Balmoral. PHOTO: WATERWAY IMAGES

NATIONAL Historic Ships (NHS) has announced 2016 awards to two inland waterways craft and their supporting societies and crews.

For the last six years, in association with the Marsh Christian Trust, NHS has recognised outstanding volunteers in the maritime heritage sector involved in the conservation or operation of historic vessels in the UK.

The Marsh Team Volunteer Award was won by to the Daniel Adamson Preservation Society’s Engineering Department for their efforts in operating and maintaining the recently restored ex- Manchester Ship Canal tug SS Daniel Adamson.  The society received a prize of £1000.

NHS’s Flagship of the Year is the premier award aimed at vessels which are in operational condition and which raise their profile by attending public events and festivals. Last year NHS decided to expand the scheme by running a new Regional Flagship of the Year in conjunction with the national Award and for 2016 has continued this format.

The National Flagship of the Year was won by MV Balmoral for her outstanding and extensive UK programme, but one of the Regional Flagship Awards was won by to the Leeds & Liverpool Short-Boat Kennet. This is in recognition of the intensive programme of visits within the Shipshape Mersey Network, focusing on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal.

Regional Flagship Award winner Kennet taking part in the recent Leeds & Liverpool Canal bicentenary celebrations. PHOTO: JANET RICHARDSON




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