National award for Whitstable vessel The Chieftain

A really nice story today that The Chieftain, which operates from Whitstable Harbour, has been appointed as a Flagship of the Year for 2023 by National Historic Ships UK.

The Chieftain, built in 1948, is the former Barmouth lifeboat, which saved 132 lives.

She is a twin screw Liverpool class lifeboat and served at Barmouth from 1949 to 1982. Restored to her former glory in the 2000s, The Chieftain now operates boat trips and seal safaris from Whitstable Harbour.

She retains 90 per cent of her original timber and all her original fittings.

The Flagship of the Year awards provide an opportunity to demonstrate and celebrate the value of historic vessels to the public. This can be through a variety of online activities, special events, open days, workshops and tours.

Earlier today, there was a flag-hoisting ceremony to celebrate her new status.

Find out more on the National Historic Ships website.

Published: 22 June 2023

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