The skills unique to wooden boat building are known to a small and decreasing number of experts, who are of progressing age. If no action is taken, it is only a matter of time before these skills become extinct.
Across the 2 Seas area (the English Channel and the North Sea) there is a rich marine history, with a wealth of ships and boats steeped in nautical heritage and character. It is both a key part of these regions' history and economy, as well as an important cultural attraction for visitors.
The of the traditions and skills of this maritime industry is an important asset which is highly valued by those living in the regions along the coast... and so the Traditional Maritime Skills Project was established with partners from the UK, Belgium and the Netherlands to preserve boatbuilding for future generations.
The Traditional Maritime Skills Project targets these threats to marine development in one go. The cross-border cooperation creates a commitment by all partners to preserving traditional boat building skills in the four countries of the 2 Seas area for the long-term. They will collect and record these skills, promote their use in traditional and modern boat building and increase the number of people pursuing education and a career in boat building.
There are 4 solutions the Traditional Maritime Skills project is putting into action:
The Traditional Maritime Skills project will create tools for your use:
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