Ship-Keeping Weekend at Cutty Sark

Sat 12 & Sun 13 May

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 from 10:00 to 17:00 each day 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.

This programme is ideally suited to those with a keen interest in how to maintain a traditional wooden sailing craft.

Activities include:

  • Planking & Caulking
  • Rope work including knotting and splicing
  • Steaming, bending and roving timbers
  • Axe hewing & spar making demonstrations
  • Barge sailing

The weekend cost is £250 and includes materials, entrance to the Cutty Sark, tutoring, lunch, and Thames Sailing Barge experience. As an extra you are invited to join us for supper on Saturday in a local pub. 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. The masterclasses will be delivered by tutors and instructors from the IBTC in the dry berth of the Cutty Sark and in the ship keepers workshop. Cutty Sark, Greenwich, London SE10 9HT.

To sign up or for further information please email National Historic Ships UK at or call 0208 312 8558.