Marsh Young Volunteer Award for Historic Vessel Conservation

This Award is run in partnership with National Historic Ships UK, the official voice for historic vessels in the United Kingdom.

This Award recognises volunteers under the age of 25 who have made a valuable contribution to the conservation, or operation of historic vessels in the UK. It is an opportunity to celebrate their energy, enthusiasm and commitment in doing so.

Pictured right: 2012 winners, Hannah and Beth Pihama, painting the rails of the Cumbria vessel

The 2014 winner is Roger Dibnah

Roger has followed his father’s footsteps in his interest in preserving our industrial heritage and a love of steam machinery. Since first sailing and volunteering aboard the Steam Tug Kerne when he was 10 years old, he has become a valuable and skilled member of the engineering crew.

Now 23 years of age, Roger has developed significant steam engineering and conservation skills which he puts to good use whilst volunteering aboard the tug. He is knowledgeable in the conservation, repair and practical operation the tug’s boiler room and steam engine, and can take control of the operation of the vessel.

Roger has become the keystone of the next generation of preservationists aboard Steam Tug Kerne and his skills will underpin the future successful running and conservation of the vessel. His youth and enthusiasm are welcome by the team aboard the tug, especially in the winter months and when unpleasant tasks, such as boiler cleaning are being undertaken.


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