BOATBUILDERS of the future got an exclusive look around HMS Warrior.
Ten students from the International Boatbuilding Training College in Portsmouth were shown around the historic ship by shipwright Bob Daubeney.
The students were shown the ins and outs of the Victorian ship, including areas closed to the public, and were able to question Mr Daubeney on its construction, repairs and restoration.
Katie Outlaw, of Bishop’s Waltham, said it was a great opportunity to learn about HMS Warrior.
The 52-year-old said: ‘I’ve been on the ship before but I only went around quickly on my own.
‘It was really interesting having a tour by Bob, who knows so much about the ship. I’ve always been interested in wooden boats and I’ve never had the chance to do a course like the one I am on now.’
The students have already spent four weeks on the course and will also get a tour of the Mary Rose Museum.
The year-long course, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, is based at Boathouse 4 in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.
It has been transformed into an environment similar to a commercially-operated boatyard, fully fitted out for educational purposes, boatbuilding and boat repair.
Callum Fraser, 20, from Antigua and Barbuda, has a history of working with yachts and said the course has been good for learning maintenance.
‘I spend quite a lot of time at sea so I know a fair bit about boats,’ he said.
‘But it was great hearing about the Warrior from Bob’s point of view and seeing how it has been restored.
‘The course has been interesting and it has been good learning maintenance skills.’
As well as seeing the different cabins and the gun deck, Mr Daubeney, who has been a shipwright for 17 years, showed the students the engine room, the boiler room and all the different structures of HMS Warrior, which was built in 1859.
Mr Daubeney said: ‘It was good taking the boatbuilders around and they seemed very inquisitive.
‘They had lots of good questions to ask and they were interested in all aspects of the ship.
‘It will help them on their course and whatever future jobs they might look at doing.’