Category Archives: Restoration and repair

Cornish folks to try to rescue the Ocean Pride

Facebook has news, if you’re a Facebook user: a few weeks ago Penlee Lifeboat Coxswain Patch Harvey found the Newlyn-built counter-stern lugger, PZ 134 Ocean Pride, at Rye Harbour in Sussex. Naturally, she is desperately in need of care and restoration.

See the Facebook page for more photos and information.

The Ocean Pride was once owned by Patch’s grandfather, Ted ‘Chuggy’ Downing, and he hopes to bring her back to Newlyn in the near future.

This project is in it’s early stages but we hope to involve the whole community. Watch this space for more news!

My thanks to Kipperman Mike Smylie for pointing out this piece of good news.

Save historic Albert Strange racer Tally-Ho!

1927 Fastnet winner and legendary Albert Strange-designed cutter yacht Tally Ho is in need of help.

She’s lying at Brookings Harbor, Oregon where the harbour authorities have decided that if she isn’t taken up by a new owner intent on bringing her back to life by June, she will be destroyed.

The aim of the Albert Strange Association is to bring her back to the UK for repair and restoration, and hopefully back to racing. Historic and beautiful as she is, she would be a wonderful project for someone with the right resources and interest.

Designed in 1909 and built for the owner of an early British Isles steam trawler fleet, she was built by Stow & Son of Shoreham for cruising in comfort while indulging in deep-sea fishing.

The yacht is said to have all the beauty associated with an Albert Strange design, but withthe power and seaworthiness of a pilot cutter. She won the 1927 Fastnet race in near storm conditions, and only two yachts of the whole fleet managed to complete the course. Read some terrific descriptions of the race.

See also the Save Tally Ho Facebook page and the Wikipedia and National Historic Ships entries for Tally Ho.

People feel strongly about this vessel. Here’s an appeal from the Council of American Maritime Museums.

PS – The magazine Classic Sailor has just published this nice piece about Tally Ho. Let’s hope there is good news soon.

Lifeboat Francis Forbes Barton is back in her Thanet home

The 1896-built lifeboat Francis Forbes Barton is back on the Isle of Thanet after being rescued from Lincolnshire when she was in danger of being destroyed. She’s currently at Ramsgate Harbour.

Constructed at Birkenhead, she is said to have served at Broadstairs from 1897 to 1912 and at North Deal during World War I.

The Frances Forbes Barton Preservation and Restoration Trust is planning to raise funds and restore the lifeboat. Read about her here, here, here and perhaps best of all here. The trust also has a Facebook page.