Boathouse 4 is located in one of the oldest and most historic parts of the Historic Dockyard.  Few visitors realise that we have been building wooden boats here for hundreds of years.

Would you like to join our wonderful team of volunteers?

Do you love Portsmouth, Wooden boats and our Naval Heritage?   

Could you tell visitors the story of Boathouse 4?

Boathouse 4 has been restored and is open as a FREE attraction at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and we are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to join our team

Our volunteers get involved in;

  • The conservation and restoration of small boats from the Portsmouth Naval Base’s collection that come to us for repair or restoration.  Including the restoration of the Armed Steam Cutter 26 built in 1910 and Foxtrot 8 a 1959 landing craft used in the Falklands Conflict  and Building a Coastal Motor Boat 4 - Motor Torpedo Boat from scratch all of which are projects funded by the Chancellor using LIBOR funds
  • Leading a daily tour of our workshop floor telling visitors about the work underway.    
  • Research projects on the boats in our care, including creating interpretation for our visitors.
  • Telling our visitors about the significance and history of small boats in the Royal Navy and building boats in Boathouses 4,5,6,7.
  • Demonstrate aspects of woodworking/boatbuilding or ropemaking to visitors – Training can be provided.
  • Welcoming and interacting with our visitors.
  • Help with our ‘hands-on’ activities and workshops for all ages.
  • Crew our fleet of WWII boats.

For an application form or more information please email: or call 023 9289 3328

Boathouse 4
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard
Victory Gate
HM Naval Base

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