About the SHTP project: this Shipshape Heritage Training Partnership (SHTP) project is managed by NHS-UK and funded by a £261,100 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund Skills for the Future programme. It provides ten 12-month training placements at five partner sites offering on-board specialist training to ensure the significance of the various historic vessels and the ability to operate them safely and effectively is kept alive. The trainees will also undertake a tailored course in historic vessel maintenance at the International Boatbuilding Training College and an interpretation placement at the Scottish Fisheries Museum. A skills mapping exercise will provide template training models for the wider sector and an assessment framework for seamanship skills will be developed as a project legacy.

Shipshape South West hosts one of the partner vessel organisations in the form of Trinity Sailing Foundation, Brixham. Trinity assists the growth of young people through sail training on traditional vessels, conserving historic vessels and increasing appreciation of that heritage by enabling people to experience life under traditional sail and learn about the vessels’ history. http://www.trinitysailing.org/.  Whilst on placement with Trinity, the trainees will undertake the following:

  • Sailing on board Leader and other vessels within the Trinity collection
  • Learning traditional seamanship and deck work on board gaff-rigged vessels including: handling the rig safely and setting sails for optimum performance, understanding the physics of the rig, boatwork, steering, ropework, and safety on traditional vessels
  • Undertaking specialist maintenance tasks on the Trinity vessels such as rigging repairs, ropework, painting, varnishing, basic sail repairs or joinery, engine maintenance etc.
  • Evening and weekend sailing with members of the local Old Gaffers Association
  • Working with parties of young people from youth development programmes to private chartered programmes, welcoming them on board, introducing them to safety and vessel handling procedures
  • Learning desk-based and business skills associated with managing historic vessels at the Foundation’s office in Brixham

July 2015: Update

Hugh Langworthy reports that he is now working as Tommi Nielsen's new rigging/shipwright apprentice. Since the end of the traineeship, he has had a small commission for some woodwork for SV Leader, done some voluntary rigging work at TS Rigging in Maldon and also completed some relief voyages as mate on Leader in June on the West coast of Scotland.

In his new role as Tommi Nielsen's apprentice, Hugh has worked so far on the Earl of Pembroke below the waterline in the dry dock, and remaking the standing rigging for the new fore main, top and topgallant masts.

July 2014: Update

Hugh started the month with a fantastic sail to the Channel Islands in force 7 winds gusting 8 and sailed through the night to St Petersport on Guernsey.  He then cruised around Sark, Herm and Alderney before motoring back across the channel at the end of the week. This trip was also his first introduction to 'shore runs', running the charterers ashore to beaches without a proper landing.  During the month, Hugh also spent time sailing up and down the East Devon coast on both Provident and Leader.  He ended the month spending a week working on Golden Vanity learning about her build and the ins and outs of her plumbing systems.

June 2014: Update

This month, Hugh was given the opportunity to go on rotation and experience some of the other partner vessels within the SHTP scheme.  Accordingly, he visited both the Excelsior Sailing Trust and the Scottish Fisheries Museum for two short placements. Back with Trinity, he went on a charter voyage from Falmouth to the Isles of Scilly and back. The following week, saw him crew on a sail training voyage from Falmouth back to Brixham.  

May 2014: Update

Hugh is featured in the local press.       

April 2014: Update

After an initial course in maintenance at the International Boatbuilding Training College (IBTC) Lowestoft with the other SHTP trainees, Hugh went to Devon to take up his host vessel placement with Trinity Sailing.  He found the team in the last week of refit before the boats made their first trips of the season. He was given a quick introduction before being put straight to work painting the hull of Provident, then making oak coving for the heads, doing a few bits of basic electronics, fixing lights and deck speakers, and learning about the complex plumbing of a boat of Provident's size. 

Hugh then went on his first two trips; one charter, and one sail training voyage.  He became familiar with the vessel, learning to stow staysails properly, running the bowsprit in and out, steering under sail. He then sailed with a group from the Tuke school in Peckham Rye which teaches students with severe learning disabilities. Back in Brixham, he helped finish a few last jobs before the sailing season got properly underway.

February 2014: Update

Hugh Langworthy was chosen as the SHTP trainee for the South-West in Year One.  He had been interested in historic vessels since he was a child, when he helped his father restore a 1911-built Mevagissey Tosher.  His family connection with the sea went much further back to his great grandfather who was the captain of 'Tangaroa', one of the last sail-powered tea clippers.  Hugh sailed dinghies and yachts whilst at school, crewed on a yacht delivery from Bordeaux to Plymouth and took part in the Round the Island Race four times.  In 2013, he skippered a crew of three on a folk boat in the Stockholm Archipelago.  He spent six months working alongside shipwright Will Stirling at Morwhellam Quay which also gave him an interest in the practical hands-on aspects of conserving vessels.

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