PRESERVED AND SURVIVING
ROYAL NAVY AIRCRAFT CARRIERS
HMS Victory, the Cutty Sark, Brunel’s steamship Great
Britain… The United Kingdom has many of the most famous preserved historic
ships in the world, which indicates the importance of shipping to British
history. However ships are expensive to maintain and often cannot recover all
their costs from becoming visitor attractions, so there is a need to make sure
that the resources
available for historic ship preservation - private, state or local authority - are directed towards the most deserving and important projects.
To date there are no preserved or safeguarded Aircraft Carriers in the
Please help us to preserve our shared naval aviation heritage.
If you have information about available Aircraft Carriers with a Royal Navy history which fills gaps in the preservation scene please contact us. In future editions of the FAA archive NEWS we will keep you informed with out progress to preserve our Royal Navy and FAA Heritage.
So as to commence the "Save a Royal Navy Aircraft Carrier"
Campaign, the basic ingredients will involve a feasibility study involving a
review of the existing ships, and the elaboration of a ship conservation
plan. The Aircraft Carrier conservation plan will include the following:
Although guidelines exist for the preparation of Conservation Plans it is important to note that each vessel's plan will be to a large extent unique and specific to that ship.
There are three key bodies which may be able to assist in the eventual
safeguarding of at least one former Royal Navy Aircraft Carrier, namely the
National Historic Ships Committee (NHSC)- the
Contact: HMS Plymouth,
The NHSC was set up in 1993, with backing of the UK Department of Culture,
Media and Sport and the
The aim of the NHSC is to secure the preservation in the long term of a sample of ships
representing important aspects of maritime history, with particular reference to the
To approve guidelines for acceptable standards of conservation and restoration.
Allen, Secretary NHSC,
Hampshire PO1 2TW
Tel and Fax: +44 23 92 838040.
National Register of Historic Vessels and National Historic Ships Project
To help the NHSC meet its objectives, the Scottish Institute of
Maritime Studies assisted the NHHC to begin work on the following:
The brief for the National Register of Historic Vessels is to record all historic vessels and craft which are already preserved or likely to become available. It may be that an historic vessel has yet to reach the end of its working life, but will be a likely candidate for preservation once it does. Vessels also have to meet the following criteria;
over 40 tons displacement and/or over 40ft (12.19m) in length
A short list of vessels, of which a draft was released 1 November 1999 are thought to be so nationally significant that they should have priority for receiving the resources and money that is available to preserve historic vessels in the United Kingdom.
Dr Robert Prescott, Project
Deanna Groom, Research Officer
National Historic Ships Project
Scottish Institute of Maritime Studies
University of St Andrews, Fife, KY16 9AJ
Tel: 01334 462916. Fax: 01334 462927
WWW: National Historic Ships Project
Historic Naval Ships Association (HNSA)
The Historic Naval Ships Association (HNSA). The mission of the Association is
to assist its Fleet Members in the acquisition, restoration, and display of
their museums and memorials.
Its purpose is to facilitate the exchange of information and provide mutual support among those who are working hard to maintain their aging vessels physically and financially. The ships of HNSA are located in the
The Association's ships, if brought together under one command, would
provide the rare vision of
an international naval battle group of the most diverse capabilities. The vessels, represented in
HNSA and described in this guide, are American in the majority, but one will also find ships from
Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, The Netherlands, and the Soviet
Union. The types of vessels arrayed within these pages include aircraft carriers battleships, cruisers, destroyers, submarines, PT boats, tall ships, tugboats, and deep-diving research submarines. Anyone who wishes to explore the maritime past or who desires to contribute his or her own resources to support projects like these, is welcome to visit and learn more about these veterans of many wars.
Naval Ships Association
c/o U.S. Naval Academy Museum
118 Maryland Avenue
Annapolis, MD 21402-5034
World Ship Trust
The World Ship Trust is dedicated to preserve vessels of our International Sea Heritage. It participates in the recognition of, and support for, historic vessels. It bestows its prestigious Maritime Heritage Award upon those ships considered of transcendent importance in the context of maritime history and heritage. It sponsors the highly-respected International Register of Historic Ships.
International Register of Historic Ships
The International Register of Historic Ships, now in its 3rd edition. has no
less that 2,000 ships
from 72 countries, over 1,200 photographs and a wealth of detail. It also includes vessels of
considerable historic value which should be preserved but have not so far been acquired by any
museum or maritime preservation group. It shows where they are lying, their condition and their
historic importance, and it is hoped that readers may feel stimulated do something about their
rescue and repair.
World Ship Trust
202 Lambeth Road,
London, SE1 7JW
Telephone +44 (020)-7385 4267
WWW: World Ship Trust
http://www.worldshiptrust.org Or, in the United States:
2833 Woodlawn Avenue, Falls Church, VA 22042 Telephone (703) 534-1516 Norman J. Brouwer, International Register of Historic Ships (Peekskill, New York: Sea History Press, Third Edition, 1999)
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