April 2018: Gondola awarded Regional Flagship by National Historic Ships UK
We've had a very exciting start to the sailing season this year with the news that National Historic Ships UK have awarded Gondola the Regional Flagship for 2018.
On Sunday 29 April, John Kearon from National Historic Ships UK and his wife, came aboard to present our special broad pennant in recognition of our Regional Flagship status which will be flown for the rest of the season.
We're feeling very proud that the organisation which advises the Department of Culture, Media & Sport and is the official voice for historic vessels in the UK has recognised the crew and volunteers for our dedication to conserving Coniston's most wonderful iconic steam yacht.
John Kearon from the the Council of Experts for Natonal Historic Ships UK, who is himself a Master Shipwright and Marine Draftsman and Conservator said ' This award recognises the impact that many vessels make in their home cruising grounds as well as further afield. The significant aspect of Gondola though is the way this historic vessel links the old and the new. Although the original was built in the late 1800s, the rebuilt Gondola is still using Victorian technology but with a more up to date steam engine powered by sustainable fuel – a great example of technological development since Victorian times.’
Our Operations Manager Bill King said 'All the staff and volunteers who work so hard to conserve the vessel and support her operations on Coniston Water, are truly delighted to hear of her success in becoming the 2018 Regional Flagship (North) for National Historic Ships UK. Gondola has been a member of the National Historic Fleet for some years, so this recognition will help us to publicise her historical significance in the Lake District to an even wider audience, while supporting the aims and values of National Historic Ships UK.’
You can read more about the award and National Historic Ships UK on their website below.
Coming soon - news about how we've been getting on with our search to reconnect with the apprentices who rebuilt Gondola.