The Maritime Workshop


Established in 1983, The Maritime Workshop is a boatbuilding site in Gosport.  It soon found its marine skills and services in strong demand, and over the years they have worked on projects ranging from small pulling boats to historic vessels of national importance, including HMS Victory, HMS Warrior and Cutty Sark.

It is a charitable organisation, which is self funding through revenue derived from mooring holders and also offers apprenticeships in traditional boatbuilding.

The Workshop has particular interest in maintaining the historic Steam Pinnace 199 - she is now the only remaining seaworthy example of the vast fleet of small steamers that were operated by the Royal Navy in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

Another recent project was the conservation of harbour defence motor launch, HMS Medusa in Southampton.  After four years of work, 1 March 2010.  She has now moved to Gosport and made the passage from Southampton at her design speed of just over 12 knots, a testament to the quality of the Maritime Workshop's efforts.

The Maritime Workshop has experience of vessels of all types, including classic sailig ships and yachts, steam- and diesel-driven vessels, iron and steel ships, traditional timber ships and boats, and modern yachts built with composite materials.


February 2013

The open day at the Maritime Workshop, Gosport, Sat 2 Feb, was a great success - approximately 200 people visited and over £630 was raised.

BBC South Today ran a short piece on Mon 4th's lunch time news outlining Steam Pinnace 199's history, the current refit, an interview with Ivan Steele and the need to generate more funds to finish.

Caroline Dineage MP, stayed for an hour and is seen here with Martin Marks OBE in period rig linked to 199

Mayor of Gosport, Richard Dickson, was also in attendance, along with our Shipshape Network/Solent Region representative, Alan Watson (of the Coastal Forces Heritage Trust).

Volunteer Ray Windsor demonstrating caulking on 199's foredeck.

Posted 4 Feb 2013

The National Museum of the Royal Navy in Portsmouth has been awarded a £50,000 grant by the Heritage Lottery Fund for conservation work on National Historic Fleet vessel, Steam Pinnace 199.

This work will be carried out at the Maritime Workshop in Gosport and is likely to last for up to nine months.  Two professional shipwrights supported by a number of volunteers will be using traditional wooden boat building techniques to conserve the hull ofSteam Pinnace 199 which is now over 100 years old.

Work will start when the boat is lifted out of the water in February/early March.

Posted 28 Feb 2013




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