National Historic Ships UK, an independent government-funded organization which advises the UK government and others on issues relating to historic ships, has named four ships, including a ferry, to act as its flagship ships for 2022.
The annual Flagship of the Year awards are an opportunity to demonstrate and celebrate the value of historic ships to the general public through a variety of online activities, special events, open houses, workshops and visits.
Competition was strong for the coveted accolade, with nominations received from a range of operational and static craft on national registries based on their seasonal programs and expected level of awareness. After careful consideration, three operational ships were chosen, with the fourth prize focusing on the virtual engagement that has become so vital in recent years.
Hannah Cunliffe, Director of National Historic Ships UK, said: “It has been a pleasure to see the renewed enthusiasm from operational craft for these awards after the challenges experienced during the pandemic and I look forward to working with the new flagships then. as we share our maritime heritage with the public, both physically and virtually, in the months ahead.
Flagships should actively promote the role of National Historic Ships UK by publicizing its annual photography competition, as well as the Excellence in Maritime Conservation and Marsh Volunteer Awards. They will also fly the flag as ambassadors for the UK’s maritime heritage sector.
National Historic Ships UK will work closely with each of the flagship ships to promote their vessel and offer support and advice. Flagships 2022 will receive a grant of £250 to spend on the ship or related digital activities and a special large pennant to fly at the masthead.
Among the flagships is the west coast of Scotland passenger and car ferry MV Glenachulish ‘Skye’, which the NHS UK awarded Operational Flagship of the Year 2022.
Afloat.ie points out that the six-car capacity Glenachulish is the last manually operated ‘turntable’ ferry still in service in the UK and around the world.
The 20m craft is run by the Skye Ferry on the 20 minute service between Gleneig and Kylerhea, see their Twitter video operations ‘dog’ and vehicle.