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Sep
01

St Ayles Skiff Dazzles

This St Ayles skiff is an outreach project involving young people from five local schools and run by Caroline Barrie-Smith our Community Participation & Learning Officer. The young people will take part in coastal rowing experiences with Portsmouth Sail Training Trust (PSTT) and London based charity Oarsome Chance who have helped fund the project. Pop […]

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Aug
16

Armed Steam Cutter 26

What’s been happening outside your window today? This is what arrived at Boathouse 4 this morning: The Steam Cutter 26 from HMS Falmouth.   As a unique survivor of the Battle of Jutland, we’re very happy to see SC26 here in the Historic Dockyard at Portsmouth as she arrives for restoration in Boathouse 4 by IBTC Portsmouth students.   SC26 […]

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Aug
02

FREE Summer Festival at Boathouse 4 August 5, 6 & 7

It’s all happening at Boathouse 4! The big build up to our Summer Festival this weekend is well underway with the arrival of these HUGE pieces of oak ready for a 9′ trestle saw demo: We’d love it if you could join us, don’t miss out! Please feel free to download this poster for your […]

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Jun
24

‘Vertical Leap’ into Boathouse 4

IBTC Portsmouth were approached to host a volunteering day for  the team at Vertical Leap recently. Here’s what they had to say about their experience: https://www.vertical-leap.uk/news/vertical-leap-volunteers-at-portsmouth-historic-dockyard/ We really enjoyed having you all here – thanks for all your hard work!

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Jun
17

Summer Festival at Boathouse 4

“Summer is just around the corner and so is our festival…..!” Make sure you put these dates in your diary: Fri 5 August, Sat 6 August and Sunday 7 August to come and visit us. We’re FREE to enter (as we always are! – no dockyard ticket required) and will be open every day from 10.00am […]

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May
30

‘Dolly Varden’ – Dolly The Movie part one

Dolly Varden was built in 1872 and has had a long and distinguished racing career with an ever changing rig as she was used extensively for testing sails and rigging under the ownership of Tom Ratsey of Ratsey and Lapthorne sail makers, who are still operating to this day. She caused quite a stir when she arrived with us […]

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May
19

Beale Park Boat Show 3,4 & 5 June

We’ll be exhibiting at Beale Park Boat Show in June 3, 4 & 5. Come and talk to us about our boat-building training courses in the amazing space of Boathouse 4. Our Adirondack Guide boat is shaping up nicely. Find us in The Green area, where we always are!    

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May
03

Where is your ‘Hole & Corner’?

Who knew that the term ‘hole and corner’ derives from an old English phrase meaning a secret place or a life lived away from the mainstream: somewhere you go to contemplate, create and be inspired? Today we’ve had the privilege of being photographed by an incredibly talented photographer based in New York and born locally in […]

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