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Planning a restoration project

Is the restoration project you’re considering crazy – or a sensible investment in something that will immeasurably improve your life?

Here’s a a two-part article giving a rare realistic view of the restoration process:

Saving the Mary Gordon

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Said to be the oldest electrically powered craft still in existence, the Mary Gordon river boat is being restored to carry passengers on the Fossdyke in Lincoln. She was built at Eel Pie Island on the Thames in 1898 of teak planking on oak frames.

Electric launches were very popular around the end of the 19th century, and the Mary Gordon was one of the largest: at 52ft in length she could carry 75 adults or 120 children in comfort.

For more riverboats 

Mary Gordon

electric boat, electric launch, pleasure boat, boat restoration

Got an hour to waste? Here’s a great place to do it…

If you haven’t visited before, the National Register of Historic Ships is a real find, and is enough to keep any hardened boat nut busy for hours.