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Open Today: 10am – 5:30pm
Learn about the traditional craft of boatbuilding right in the heart of Portsmouth Historic Dockyard!
With interactive displays, shows, knowledgeable experts, and a world-class collection of historic small boats, you can see the history of boatbuilding as well as the original in-door dock, built in the 1930s.
THE HISTORY OF BOATBUILDING
Boatbuilding is at the heart of Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, from the wooden cutters of the 18th century to the midget submarines of the Second World War, traditional woodworking skills and knowledge have laid the foundation of Royal Navy and acted as the unsung heroes supporting our larger ships in conflicts throughout history.
Many of the buildings within the Dockyard were originally designed for the building of wooden boats and ships and later repurposed into their current use. This history of wooden shipbuilding is so intrinsic to the Dockyard if you look closely at some of the wooden beams and floorboards found in various locations around the site you might see where reclaimed wood from those same ships has been used as building material.
Boathouse 4 was the last boathouse built for the Royal Navy and exemplifies this proud tradition of naval boatbuilding. Entry to Boathouse 4 is free for all visitors to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.
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