Some of Britain's most unusual boats will be moving to a new home next year, a 9th century lake near Romsey in Hampshire.

Some of Britain’s most unusual boats will be moving to a new home next year, a 9th century lake near Romsey in Hampshire. The boats, which are scaled down versions of some of the world’s largest tankers, ferries and container ships, are operated by Warsash Maritime Academy.

Timsbury Lake has been purchased by Solent University to become the Academy’s Manned Model Shiphandling Centre, replacing the present centre at Marchwood. Using various ship models, berths, basins and channels on the new lake, a variety of port scenarios, canal transits and berthing operations can be simulated for ships’ officers and pilots under training.

Complex and potentially hazardous manoeuvres can be practised in complete safety in the manned models, making them a key training tool for the shipping industry.