Royal Naval Museum



Crewing and Grants

Crewing opportunities

The Royal Naval Museum’s boats are crewed and most of their maintenance is undertaken by volunteers from the Friends of the Royal Naval Museum.

There are always opportunities for new members to join this group and take a role in supporting this work. Crewing in the machinery spaces, or on deck in the uniform of the era, provides a fascinating opportunity to take part in maintaining naval traditions afloat, and practice the skills required to operate these unique vessels. See our current news page for forthcoming events.

If you are interested or can offer any help or support for this worthwhile project please contact us on

(Please note that the Boats team can only respond to questions about the Pinnace and the Gig and how you can help them preserve and display them. They are not able to assist in other enquiries. All other enquiries should be directed to the Museum staff at the Historical/Collections contact address.)

Previous grants and awards

In January 2003, the pinnace was awarded a grant by the Transport Trust to enable the original propeller to be replaced. During its time in private ownership the propeller had been cut down from 42 ins diameter to 35ins to enable a petrol engine to be fitted. A replacement propeller of the correct size has been bought and fitted and now provides a matched load for the steam plant.

Later, in March 2003, the Steam Boat Association awarded the 2003 Hugh Casson Trophy to Steam Pinnace 199 for the recent restoration of the vessel.

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