Over at boatbuilder Mark Rolt’s yard in Bristol, the bawley Fiddle of Faversham, is in for repair and has got a new mast – the photo below shows why!
The boat in the background isn’t Fiddle, btw – see her here.
Here’s a photodiary of project undertaken at our friend boatbuilder Alan Thorne’s workshop in the Faversham Creek Trust’s Purifier Building.
Little Gwennie is a little plywood clinker tender built 50 years ago, and the work has been done my Alan’s son Mark. I’d say he had some of his father’s perfectionist tendencies.
Contact Alan at kentmarineservices
The folks restoring lifeboat Little Ship Lucy Lavers are appealing for financial help to get her ready for a 75th anniversary trip back to the beaches at Dunkirk. If you can, chip in your few bobs here.
In May 1940 the then newly-built lifeboat was part of the fleet of ‘little ships’ that sailed to Dunkirk to evacuate the British and Allied forces stranded on the beaches. In May this year, 75 years after the great rescue from the beaches of Belguim, she is to make a return to Dunkirk after a loving restoration and repair job by the folks at Norfolk’s Rescue Wooden Boats.
It’ll be an emotional trip together with a convoy of other Dunkirk Little Ships. Before she leaves the UK, she is scheduled to call in at Lowestoft, Southwold, Aldeburgh and Harwich (see dates overleaf), before joining the fleet of Little Ships gathering in Ramsgate to make the crossing to Dunkirk.
The crew will include lifeboat men, and at each stopover there will be a land-based exhibition and an opportunity for the public to go aboard.
After Lucy Lavers returns from Dunkirk, visitors will be
able to book a trip afloat on her in Wells-next-the-Sea, as well as see her story displayed at RWB’s visitor centre at Stiffkey.