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The Royal Docks is embarking on an exciting new chapter, with over £8bn being invested in the area over the next 20 years. National Maritime has been discussing with partners about the creation of a destination for London’s Historic Boat collection. A collection of vessels associated with Ports, Rivers, Canals, Docks and trades of London which will be used to develop a tourism, skills and education offer. A creation of linear open-air heritage collection of boats, artefacts, objects and landscape running from East India Dock Basin through to Trinity Buoy Wharf and possibly beyond. Vessels displayed ashore, on river pier structures and afloat to suit age and condition and access. The Draft Masterplan is now out for public consultation. The message coming through is that the public want history of the docks and heritage vessels to be included. Join us, National Historic Ships and the Maritime Heritage Trust in voicing your support too. Have your say on what you think should happen.

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