10% OFF – National Historic Ships Ship-Keeping Weekend

National Historic Ships UK is hosting a Ship-Keeping Weekend in May 2018
Onboard the Cutty Sark in Greenwich, UK
£250 £225 per person

With 10% SaltyJobs Crew Member Discount

SaltyJobs Offer 10% Discount
Event Ship-Keeping Weekend
Date 12 – 13 May 2018
Host National Historic Ships
Location London, UK
Includes Activities, materials, lunch, tutoring, entrance to the Cutty Sark, Thames Barge sailing experience
Usual Price £250
SaltyJobs Members’ Price £225

Ship-Keeping Weekend 

National Historic Ships UK have teamed up with Royal Museums Greenwich, the International Boat building Training College Lowestoft, the Association of Bargemen and Hermitage River Projects to offer a weekend of adult learning in traditional ship-keeping skills at the Cutty Sark clipper ship in Greenwich.

Have a go at some of the hands on practical skills used to maintain a historic vessel and experience traditional seamanship aboard a historic Thames Sailing Barge.   

What Will It Cover?

Activities take place between 10am – 5pm and will include:    

  • Planking & Caulking
  • Knotting and splicing of rope work
  • Steaming bending and roving timbers
  • Axe hewing & spar making demonstrations
  • Barge sailing

The masterclasses will be delivered by tutors and instructors from the IBTC, and will take place in the dry berth of the Cutty Sark and in the ship keepers workshop 10 minutes’ walk from the ship.

This program is ideally suited to those with a keen interest in how to maintain a traditional wooden sailing craft. No prior or professional experience necessary.

River Cruise On A Historic Barge

Also in the weekend is an opportunity to cruise on the river Thames from and back to a local pier aboard a historic Thames sailing barge.

These vessels with its distinctive spritsail rig were once a common sight on the river: however there are only around 30 left. The Association of Bargemen represents the operators and crew of these and will make a Thames Sailing Barge available during the weekend to take trips on the river and learn about operating this vessel in a traditional way.

There is also the possibility to join the Thames barge on its 2-day journey to and from London and Ipswich. Limited capacity and weather permitting only.


This weekend will be hosted at the Cutty Sark in Greenwich, London, UK.

The Cost & What’s Included

The weekend cost is £250 and includes materials, entrance to the Cutty Sark, tutoring, lunch, and Thames Sailing Barge experience.

As an extra, all those attending could all join a group supper on Saturday in a local pub.

Book Now

Book the full weekend with your 10% discount to SaltyJobs Members, or individual days (without discount) if you can only make part of it:

Sat 12th May: Traditional maritime skills £125 (lunch included)

Sun 13th May: all day Thames Sailing Barge experience £125 (lunch included) OR

Sun 13th May: 2.5hr cruise on Thames Sailing Barge £40.  Times: 10am – 12.30pm, 1.30pm – 4pm.

SaltyJobs Discount only available on Full Weekend tickets.

To sign up using your SaltyJobs Membership Discount, or for further information, please email: info@nationalhistoricships.org.uk

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