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National Historic Ships UK - Flagships for 2020
Flagship of the Year and Regional Flagship of the Year are awards run annually by National Historic Ships UK. 

This year, in recognition of the fact that many historic vessels have had to cancel or postpone events and programmes due to Covid-19, we wanted to celebrate vessels and maritime heritage across the UK during these exceptionally challenging times and sought applications from static/operational vessels that were committed to raising their online profile.
Our Flagships are expected to actively promote the role of National Historic Ships UK by sharing social media posts, publicising activities such as our Photo Competition, Excellence in Maritime Heritage and Marsh Volunteer Awards.  They will also be flying the flag as ambassadors for the UK's maritime heritage sector.
The Flagships receive grants of £500 and £250 respectively to be spent on the vessel or related digital activities and a special broad pennant to fly at the masthead once the ship is active again.
The 2020 National Flagship is: HMS Belfast, Museum Ship
www.nationalhistoricships.org.uk/register/123/hms-belfast

HMS Belfast ran a hugely popular Instagram tour of the ship with CBBC and Sport Relief presenter Ben Shires in February 2020.  They plan to engage Ben Shires to highlight different stories from the ship's long history as well as other creative means of public interaction online including learning resources, virtual tours and sharing stories about the ship via dedicated website created for HMS Belfast's 80th birthday.

The 2020 National Flagship pennant flying at the mainmast
The 2020 National Flagship pennant flying at the mainmast
The 2020 National Flagship pennant on 'A' turret
The 2020 National Flagship pennant on 'A' turret
Photos above courtesy of Stuart Paul, Yeoman HMS BELFAST

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