King’s Lynn cockler looking good, says trust

Baden Powell renovation November 2015 ANL-151118-110151001
Baden Powell renovation November 2015 ANL-151118-110151001
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Baden Powell, the 1900 cockling boat being restored by the King’s Lynn Worfolk Boat Trust, is looking good as new planking is fitted.

The timbers are replacing those that kept her afloat over a fishing career of more than 80 years.

The work is being done at Brian Kennell’s St Osyth Boatyard, Essex, thanks to a £67,300 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

By August the Baden Powell will be back in Lynn, floating in the Lower Purfleet by the Custom House, complete with a reconditioned engine.

The final part of the renovation will take place there in full view of the public – mast and superstructure, sails and navigation aids, and seating for 12 passengers.

Then she will sail out into the River Great Ouse ready to give Lynn people and visitors the experience of sailing in the town’s own historic boat.

The next year won’t be easy. The money needed to restore an old boat is notoriously difficult to estimate.

It was thought that some of the old planks might be retained. But though some looked good enough, the exterior concealed rot. Estimates are already being exceeded.

But Tim Clayton, project co-ordinator for the trust, said: “This is a worthwhile cause for a town with such a proud maritime history in fishing, trade and discovery.”

Last month’s popular Maritime Heritage Night at Hanse House brought £450 into the funds, and a Spring exhibition in the Custom House is expected to boost the project further.

Mr Clayton said: “Meanwhile, a donation to the trust would help the Baden Powell get back into the water sooner.