Placement Host: Boleh Trust & Wooden Boats Forever Ltd
Placement Venue: Eastney Pumping Station, Portsmouth, Hampshire
Placement length: 13.09.2010 – 13.09.2012
Josh left school to purse a career in civil engineering but was made redundant in 2009. The following year, however, he was able to join The Boleh Trust on one of two one-year apprenticeships that the Trust was able to offer as a result of the partnership with Hampshire County Council (IMATT)and the Heritage Lottery Fund. The opportunity was developed in conjunction with a local boatyard.
Boleh is a unique Junk Yacht designed and built in Singapore in1949 by artist and naval war hero Robin Kilroy DSC and sailed to the UK in 1950. Boleh was used for youth training, first by a sailing club at Salcombe and then by the Junior Leaders Regiment Royal Engineers at Dover before it was serverely damaged by fire in 1978. It was restored in 1981 and owned for the next 30 years by the Angel family before being purchased by members of the original designer and builder’s family.
The aims of the Boleh Trust together with IMATT were to provide opportunities for apprentices and young people to gain practical experience in traditional shipwright skills, primarily through the restoration of Boleh.
Josh divided his time between the restoration of Boleh and Dolphin Quay Boatyard working under the supervision of a shipwright and learning all aspects of traditional boat building.
Josh is employed as a shipwright at Tim Gilmore Ltd., Birdham Pool Marina, Birdham, Chichester, Sussex.