Our various "Links" sections will highlight websites that might be of interest to our members. This page includes a number of vessels undergoing preservation around the world -- Most groups would be delighted to receive help, either in the way of volunteers or money, so check out their websites.
Please keep in mind that the World Ship Society has no control over the content of linked websites. If you have a problem with any of our links, please advise the email@example.com
If you know of any organisation attempting to restore an old ship, please send the details to firstname.lastname@example.org [please include the words "Links Update - Preserved Vessels" in the Subject Line of your e-mail].
A Tribute to the men of the Arctic Deep-Sea Fisheries and their preserved vessel, the MT ARCTIC CORSAIR. Welcome to the Internet home port of the Motor Trawler Arctic CORSAIR, the last remaining deep-sea side-fishing trawler of Hull's once proud distant-water fishing fleet. Regardless of whether you are a potential visitor to the historic town of Kingston-Upon-Hull, a researcher or a maybe you just hold an interest in fishing vessels and ships in general, you will find lots pages of useful information on this site. [02.2011]
At our museum at the Westfjords of Iceland, The Westfjords Heritage museum we are restoring a few old boats and ships. The biggest one, MARIA JULIA, was the first rescue ship in the Westfjords, 147 tons, also served as a coast guard patrol ship, for some time and later as a fishing vessel. Went out of use in 2002. Our dream is to restore it to the original look as it was in 1950 when it was built in Denmark.
María Júlía er fyrsta björgunarskúta Vestfirðinga og á sér glæsta sögu sem slík, en ekki síður úr landhelgisstríðinu 1958 sem einn af varðbátunum í baráttu um yfirráð Íslendinga yfir fiskinum í sjónum í kringum landið. Skipið var síðan notað sem hafrannsóknarskip á milli stríða og björgunaraðgerða. María Júlía er nátengd sögu Vestfirðinga. Skipið er 137 brúttósmálestir að stærð og 27,5 m að lengd, smíðað í Danmörku og kom hingað til lands snemma vors 1950. Auk þess að vera útbúið til björgunarstarfa var það hannað til að gegna fjölþættu hlutverki á sviði hafrannsókna og strandgæslu. [02.2011]
Once, hundreds of sailing schooners carried lumber to San Francisco from the Washington, Oregon, and the California Redwood Coast. Built in 1895, C.A. THAYER was once part of that mighty Pacific Coast fleet. Today, she is a rare survivor from the days when strong canvas sails billowed over tall deckloads of freshly-milled fir and redwood. [02.2011]
CUTTY SARK has travelled across the world, sailing under both the Red Ensign and the Portuguese flag, visiting every major port in the world through the course of her working life. In admiration of her beauty and in recognition of her fame, she was preserved for the nation by Captain Wilfred Dowman in 1922. Since then, the old clipper has been berthed in Falmouth and Greenhithe, finally arriving at her current resting place in Greenwich in 1954. [02.2011]
For many years the historic tug-tender DANIEL ADAMSON was laid up in the ship dock at The Boat Museum, Ellesmere Port. During February 2004, the intention of her owners the Manchester Ship Canal Company, to break her up became known. This led to the formation of the Daniel Adamson Preservation Society on February 21, 2004. [02.2011]
The Falls of Clyde is the last four-masted tall ship in existence built in 1878, Glasgow, Scotland. She is on the list as a National Historic landmark. She is owned by Bishop Museum of Honolulu Hawaii and is moored at one of their satellite museums the Hawaii Maritime Center. She is going to be sunk if they do not receive donations to save her. [02.2011]
Open daily, except Dec 24, 25 and Jan 10, Brunel’s ss Great Britain is an all-weather attraction, fully accessible, and a massive hit with people of all ages. Tickets allow for FREE unlimited visits for a year, and include audio tours.* Within this section you will find everything you need to plan a visit, from opening times, prices and access details, to group information. [02.2011]
HMCS HAIDA, a Tribal Class destroyer built in England, was commissioned into the Royal Canadian Navy in 1943, serving in many theatres of operation through the Second World War. The ship arrived at Pier 9 in Hamilton [Ontario] Harbour on August 20, 2003, the 60th anniversary of her commissioning. [02.2011]
Find out about the retired fireboat JOHN J. HARVEY and its recent involvement with 9/11 in New York City. Many other interesting links to other sites dealing with fireboats and historic vessels. [02.2011]
A non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of the Liberty Ship S.S. JOHN W BROWN as a living Memorial to the men and women who built the great Liberty Fleet and to the merchant seamen and Naval Armed Guard who sailed the ships across all oceans of the world. [02.2011]
Launched in 1935 at the depths of the Great Depression, the KALAKALA inspired millions with imagination, creativity and the boldness to build what had never been built before. She was the icon of Seattle and Puget Sound. [02.2011]
The Luna Preservation Society (LPS) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the restoration and preservation of the tugboat LUNA, a National Historic Landmark moored in Boston, MA. The Luna was the first commercial diesel-electric ship-docking tug of its kind and played an important role in the development of Boston Harbor. She is the last surviving full-sized wooden tug on both the Gulf and Atlantic coasts and is currently undergoing major refurbishing. [02.2011]
LYDIA EVA, the world's last surving herring drifter, needs urgent repairs if she is to survive. Your support is vital. LYDIA EVA is an important ship, not only to Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft but also to the country. The purpose of this website is twofold - to bring the parlous state of the LYDIA EVA to the attention of maritime enthusiasts worldwide, and to enable you to make an online donation right now or send your pledge to aid our appeal. HELP SAVE AN HISTORIC SHIP. [02.2011]
The last surviving example of a Thames Estuary excursion steamer. Firstly threatened by the scrap yard before spending her days as a nightclub on the Isle of Wight. She was saved and returned to the River Medway. After several incidents of sinking, the Medway Queen is now being restored for future generations by the Medway Queen Preservation Society. [02.2011]
She has had a colourful and well travelled life docking in Paris, Le Harve, Cherbourg and Portsmouth, serving troops in both World Wars, entertaining guests as a floating restaurant and perhaps most famously, ferrying passengers to RMS Titanic. Although now back home in Belfast, today SS Nomadic goes global once again, as her website is officially launched. Such has been the interest in her both locally and worldwide, the SS Nomadic Charitable Trust overseeing her restoration has created the website as an information source allowing people all over the world to follow her progress as she develops into one of Northern Ireland’s major tourist attractions. The website will provide regular updates on developments and milestones of the project, funding received and fundraising initiatives, as well as detailing the history of Nomadic and the objectives that the Trust is working towards. Importantly, through the website the public can support the project by becoming members of Nomadic. Revenue generated by this will play an important part in fundraising for her restoration. Chairman of SS Nomadic Charitable Trust Denis Rooney is calling for the continued support of the local community and hopes that the new website will prove a useful tool for people following Nomadic’s final journey.
“There has been a tremendous amount of public interest in Nomadic so we’re delighted to have this website up and running, acting as a global information source to all who are interested.
“We hope to welcome a high volume of members as a result of the website and would like to thank those people in advance for their support.
“We’ll regularly update the site with news and information and further down the line, we hope to launch a second phase of the website to include information on sponsors, an online merchandise shop and an interactive kids’ zone.”
Social Development Minister Margaret Ritchie also welcomes the launch of the website. “As a significant relic of Northern Ireland’s maritime and industrial heritage and her prominent links to Titanic, Nomadic’s return to Belfast and subsequent restoration is of great interest to many people in Northern Ireland and indeed across the world. I’m delighted that people can now follow Nomadic’s progress online and hope that it will inspire the public to become involved in the project.”
Lord Mayor of Belfast, Councillor Jim Rodgers added: “Belfast is continually strengthening its reputation as a visitor destination and judging by the phenomenal numbers she attracted last year, I’m certain that the restoration of Nomadic will further enhance this position. Belfast City Council is pleased to support the project and contribute to her restoration fund.”
Nomadic is currently berthed at Barnett’s Dock and undergoing marine engineer assessments and a conservation management plan.
The Trust is now working towards its overall objective of having Nomadic operating as a visitor attraction in time for the 2011 centenary of her launch, however, such was the interest in her last year when she temporarily opened to the public, the Trust will endeavour to have Nomadic reopened on a limited basis as soon as possible. [May 28, 2008] [02.2011]
In April 1971, the World Ship Society (Vancouver Branch), finding it increasingly difficult under its charter to maintain the MASTER, turned her over to a newly formed group called the Society for the Preservation of the Steam Towboat Master (in May, 1985, the name was changed to the 'S.S. Master Society'), who have been her exclusive owners and operators ever since. [02.2011]
Almost fifty years on from the Coronation year of 1953, the Nore Restoration Project is launching this appeal to restore the actual Coronation barge to its former glory. NORE carried Her Royal Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the Royal family along with many monarchs and heads of state from all over the world, gracefully up and down the Thames for over 20 memorable years. [02.2011]
The Paddle Steamer Preservation Society Collection is the largest and most complete archive of material relating to paddle and pleasure steamers in the UK
The Paddle Steamer Preservation Society celebrated its Golden Jubilee in 2009.
Over the past fifty years it has become the UK's largest and most active maritime preservation society. By joining the PSPS you will help us to continue with our work of operating three pleasure steamers as well as promoting the heritage of these vessels. [02.2011]
'President' is an ex FMC steam narrow boat, and is now owned by the Black Country Living Museum at Dudley.'President' was built in 1909 at a cost of £600 in Fellows, Morton and Clayton's company dock at Saltley, Birmingham. The company built and operated 31 steam narrow boats between 1889 and 1931. The specially developed compound steam engine and coke fired boiler took up much valuable cargo space. Steamers carried up to about 18 tons compared to over 25 tons in a horse drawn boat, but were powerful enough to tow several unpowered boats ( called butty boats ). One of the directors of the company, Joshua Fellows, gave his name to the distinctively shaped "Josher" hull which has riveted wrought iron sides and a 3 inch elm bottom.
President was bought by the Black Country Living Museum in January 1983, and Kildare was bought in September 1991. The museum is assisted in maintaining and operating the boat by the "Friends of President", whose objectives are: "To preserve and promote the use of the steam narrow boat 'President' and butty 'Kildare' in conjunction with its owners; and to use 'President' and 'Kildare' for the promotion of the Inland Waterways and in particular the Black Country Living Museum and to raise monies for the said organisation".
The boats tour the waterways in the summer promoting the museum & the waterways in general. [02.2011]
SS Robin is the world’s last remaining steam coaster built in 1890 in London - a symbol of an extraordinary period in British history when merchant shipping was the core of a determined spirit of entrepreneurship - the workshop of the world. [02.2011]
The Rotterdam came into service for Holland-America Line in 1959. She is the largest passenger liner ever built in the Netherlands and is numbered among the most successful liners which ever sailed the seven seas. The ship has largely maintained her original character and remains in good condition. The new owners gave her a profound refurbishment so she can be in service as a static liner for many years. Please explore out website for more information about the history of the s.s. Rotterdam. Steamship Rotterdam Foundation, alias Friends of steamship Rotterdam, continues her activities including securing a lasting preservation and use in a culturally and historically responsible manner.
Since February 15 the s.s. Rotterdam is open for the public. Please see the website of the operators www.derotterdam.com for information about possibilities on board. Website in Dutch, German and English. [02.2011]
The "Shieldhall" is a Heritage ship included in the National Historic Ships Core Collection and is generally recognised to be the largest working steamship of her type in Britain and probably Europe. [02.2011]
The R.C.M.P. schooner ST. ROCH was the first ship to travel the treacherous Northwest Passage in both directions, as well as the first ship to ever circumnavigate North America. Now housed in a building attached to the Vancouver Maritime Museum. There are now a number of books detailing every aspect of this ship. Check the World Ship Society's Vancouver Branch website at www.worldshipsocietyvan.ca and look for the category marked "Local Interest Publications". [02.2011]
Launched in the yard of Hans Ditlev Bendixsen at Fairhaven, California, in 1897, the sailing schooner WAWONA was the largest three-masted sailing schooner built in North America. Today she is being dismantled at South Lake Union in Seattle, Washington, and is the only survivor of the once immense commercial sailing fleet in the Pacific Northwest. [02.2011]