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European Maritime Heritage (EMH) is a non-governmental organization for private owners of traditional ships, as well as for maritime museums and other interested bodies.

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EMH meeting with The Maritime Heritage Trust in co-operation with National Museum of the Royal Navy at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.

Friday 6 April - Sunday 8 April 2018
Portsmouth, UK

EMH Board meeting - EMH General Assemblee
EMH Council meetings
Seminar - Visits

General program
Notice for EMH delegates
Agenda General Assemblee

Maritime Heritage Trust for more information


Congress 2016 Errenteria - Pasaia

9th EMH Congress in Spain, Basque Country
22-24 September 2016             

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NEWS Proceedings of the 9th EMH Congress



Historic British excursion vessel faces uncertain future

Nearly seventy years ago, a new motor ship called Balmoral was delivered from John Thornycroft’s Woolston yard to the Red Funnel Line for its Southampton to Cowes ferry service. The new vessel replaced two paddle steamers lost in hostilities, and was additionally used for coastal cruising from Southampton during the summer season.

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Royal support for maritime heritage in UK

National Historic Ships UK is a non-governmental organisation (NGO) responsible for advising British Government Departments and funding agencies on historic ship preservation and leading on policies in this sphere. As part of its programme of widening the public appeal of floating heritage, it co-ordinates an annual photographic competition.

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EMH present at “Dia da Marinha do Tejo” in Lisbon

EMH was invited as official guest to be present at the Portuguese “Dia da Marinha do Tejo” on the 17th of June in Lisbon. On that festive day tens of beautifully decorated wooden sailing ships sailed to Lisbon and dropped their anchor. The skippers and crew were brought ashore to the Market Place to meet the official guests: the mayors of the rivertowns alongside the Tagus and – not in the least – the president of Portugal: Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa. He also greeted the EMH with a warm welcome.

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New Rules and a new Board for EMH

There is a change of the guard. Not only a new board is now in place, its members will march to new rules too. Hendrik Boland (NL) has stepped down as president and handed responsibilities over to David Morgan (UK).

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Barcelona Charter
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London, 2005
Momorandum of Understanding (MoU)
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Parliamentary Assembly
Council of Europe Recommendation 1486 (2000)
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Faro convention (2005)
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