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Historic Dockyard's Boathouse 4 Welcomes HRH The Princess Royal

Published: 20th March 2017 19:49

 HRH The Princess Royal unveils a plaque with Peter Goodship, Consultant Ch Exec of Portsmouth Naval Base Property Trust. Photo: Christopher Ison

 

HRH The Princess Royal made a commemorative visit to Boathouse 4 in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard today, Monday 20th March.

The Princess Royal met the team from Portsmouth Naval Base Property Trust (PNBPT) who were behind the £5.7m transformation of the boathouse. It opened last year and is a rare example of World War Two architecture in the naval base. A plaque was unveiled in Midships, the newest restaurant to open in the boathouse.

The boathouse has a rich heritage based around small craft in the Royal Navy and Her Royal Highness viewed “The Forgotten Craft” exhibition which tells their story. She also met descendants from Coastal Forces, a branch of the Royal Navy commonly known as “The Spitfires of the Sea” which celebrated its centenary last year.

Boathouse 4 is now home to the International Boatbuilding Training College (IBTC) and Highbury College’s Solent Marine Academy and The Princess Royal spoke with students who are restoring, repairing and maintaining a number of boats. She was able to see historic vessels such as the F8 landing craft from the Falklands War, and Lively Lady, the yacht sailed by Sir Alec Rose around the world in 1968, both of which are currently undergoing restoration.

Peter Goodship, Consultant Chief Executive of Portsmouth Naval Base Property Trust said: “We are thrilled that The Princess Royal has seen the results of the really hard work invested in saving this magnificent building. The emphasis on revitalising much-needed boatbuilding skills is essential and our visitors love to see the students at work.”

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