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  • Off to Sea

    Photo by Nick Harborne
    2022 People's Choice Winner
    National Historic Ships Photo Competition
    Prize sponsored by MHT

  • Blue Mermaid

    Maiden voyage of replica Thames Sailing Barge
    Operated by Sea Change Trust

  • Daniel Adamson

    Mersey steam tender restored to
    operational condition and runs cruises
    in the Cheshire and Liverpool areas

Welcome to The Maritime Heritage Trust

Our aim is to make more people aware of, care for and share the rich maritime heritage of the UK.

We support the growing global recognition that we have a shared “maritime heritage in which built heritage, lighthouses, ports, ships, wrecks, underwater archaeological discoveries, traditions and songs, knowledge and legends and maritime cultural heritage, are a reflection of our history and our identities and call us to be aware of their richness, take care through preservation, conservation and restoration and share with as many as possible” (Maritime Cultural Heritage Manifesto, Brest, February 2022, an input to the UN Oceans Conference, Lisbon June 2022).

Heritage Harbours

MHT has partnered with National Historic Ships and Historic England to support local communities in establishing of Heritage Harbours around the UK.

Keeping our maritime past afloat for more than 50 years

The Maritime Heritage Trust was formed from a merger of two organisation that had been activly working since 1969 to preserve vessels that are part of our maritime history. 


Help keep our maritime past afloat


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