International Vernacular Craft Database

The International Vernacular Craft database is a list of boats from around the world which are known to be in the UK. The vast majority are held in museum and other collections. Our favourite discovery from outside the world of museums was of a Sri Lanka boat which is part of a shop display on the isle of Skye.

Our definition of vernacular, for this database, is that the craft should be essentially craftsman-built (rather than designed by a designer or marine architect), locally-built and suitable for local conditions. The majority are working boats which were used for fishing and transport.

Some of these craft will be listed in the National Small Boat Register but some will not.

As with all our databases, we need your help. If you know of a vernacular craft which we have not mentioned then please let us know. You can use the same form as for the NSBR.