Historic King’s Lynn boat nears a return home

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Lynn’s own historic boat, the 1900 cockling boat Baden Powell, is on track for its move into the town later this year – or early in 2015.

Just how far things have progressed will be laid out by project leader Tim Clayton during a presentation to be held at Marriott’s Warehouse on Lynn’s South Quay this Sunday, April 27.

Mr Clayton and Ken Hill, secretary of the King’s Lynn Worfolk Boat Trust, will give a presentation on the project from 3pm.

There is no charge – just a box at the door for donations to help with the restoration project.

The Trust now owns the Baden Powell, which currently stands under cover at a farm in Terrington St John.

Every Wednesday a team of volunteers, with occasional guidance from skilled professionals, gets down to the business of replacing worn timbers with fresh wood from many sources in and around Lynn.

The hull should be ready for a planking overhaul within weeks, while new larch of the right dimensions is already on site, ready to be trimmed to size to replace those planks which are no longer fit for purpose.

The free illustrated talk at the ancient Marriott’s Warehouse will detail the plans that are being made to bring the boat into the lower Purfleet by the Custom House once she is planked, caulked and decked so she can float.

Remaining restoration work – the deck fittings, mast, rigging, sails and seating for passengers amongst many other items – will continue to be carried out by the volunteers, but under full public scrutiny.

All that will take time, but it is hoped she can take her first 12 passengers out into the river next year, to get a panoramic view of the town and begin her new career as a sailing classroom.

She will be used to show people how fishing and maritime traditions have been at the heart of Lynn history for centuries, and have played a huge part in the development of the town.

There’s no need to book seats for the talk and visitors are encouraged to just turn up at 3pm on Sunday.