Heritage Lottery Fund

We are delighted to have received half a million pounds from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for Boleh’s restoration. The grant will enable the Trust to employ apprentices to restore Boleh. Local young people will be able to learn heritage skills and make Boleh fit to sail again, while gaining credits at Portsmouth’s Highbury College towards their professional shipwright qualifications.

The funding also provides for significant community involvement in this exciting heritage project. Boleh’s story and restoration will be harnessed to inspire pupils from the Portsmouth-based Charter Academy and introduce them to experiences and adventures that they would not normally encounter in their lives.

Stuart McLeod, Head of the Heritage Lottery Fund South East, said, “This rare vessel brings together European and Far East traditions and represents an important moment in sailing ship design. We at the Heritage Lottery Fund are delighted that Boleh will be fully restored, back to her former glory, allowing the Boleh story to be shared with local people and visitors alike. A particular highlight of this project for HLF is the young apprentices from Portsmouth who will be trained in shipbuilding during the process. Skilling up young people is so important and will ensure Boleh’s legacy lives on beyond just the restoration.”



National Historic Ships Fund

Boleh is a historic junk yacht of unique design whose importance has been recognised by inclusion on the UK’s National Register of Historic Vessels (No. 2281) and by a generous grant from the National Historic Ships Fund.


Babcock International Group PLC

We’re very grateful for ongoing support from FTSE 100 company Babcock International Group PLC; the engineering and support services company is prominent in the marine industry.


Payne-Gallwey Charitable Trust (PGCT)

We’d like to say thank you once again to the Payne-Gallwey Trust for their continued and generous support. It means a great deal to the Trust and our apprentices to have the regular support of Payne Gallwey as we move ever closer to restoring Boleh.


Ongoing Thanks

From the inception of the Trust in 2009 the Trustees remain grateful for the support they have received from the  following organisations:

Mercers Company, the Shipwrights Company, the Bulldog Trust, VT Group plc, Livingstone and Company, Air Tanker Ltd, ING Real Estate,  National Historic Ships, the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Community Fund, the Heritage Lottery Fund, IMATT Bursary Fund, the Radcliffe Trust, the Verden-Smith Family Charitable Trust, the Payne-Gallwey Charitable Trust, the Coral Samuel Charitable Trust, Babcock International, the Garfield Weston Foundation, Mike Garlick (the National Historic Ships 2011 Photographic Prizewinner), and many other individual donations. The Trustees are also grateful to Portsmouth City Council for the Grant of  a rent free period on the workshop lease.