Next stage for King’s Lynn boat restoration project

Ron gray working on the Baden Powell in King's Lynn, June 2014 ANL-140606-173242001

Ron gray working on the Baden Powell in King's Lynn, June 2014 ANL-140606-173242001

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A project to transform a 1900s cockling boat will be moving on to the next phase.

The Baden Powell is being restored to its former glory by dedicated volunteers from the King’s Lynn Worfolk Boat Trust.

The group was last year awarded £76,300 by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Next month the Baden Powell will be towed to a boatyard in St Osyth, Essex, for the next stage of her restoration programme.

The Baden Powell’s hull frame is now in good shape thanks to the oak fitted by volunteers.

The skilled planking section will be completed at Brian Kennell’s St Osyth Boatyard to ensure the project is completed on time.

These new planks will be fixed just as Walter Worfolk fixed them in 1900, in the carvel pattern – butted together and caulked for waterproofing.

The boat will be lifted on Tuesday, April 7, and will be transported to Essex the following day.

When the Baden Powell returns to Lynn she will be lowered into the Purfleet by the Custom House, where the remaining restoration work will be completed before she sails out into the River Great Ouse in 2016 to begin her second career of taking local people and visitors up and down the river to learn more about the town’s centuries-old maritime history.