A Visit to the North East Maritime Trust

We often don’t see what’s sitting right on our doorstep, do we? We’d heard of the North East Maritime Trust before, as it’s just round the corner from our warehouses, and we supply them with some free materials from time to time, and always meant to pop in and say hello: Well yesterday, we finally got around to it, and it’s a fascinating place.
The NEMT was set up in 2005 to rescue and repair vessels with the aim of retaining some boat-building skills in the area, and reminding future generations of the region’s proud seafaring traditions and heritage.
They have successfully restored the coble “Royal Diadem II” and are currently working on the lifeboat “The Henry Frederick Swan”, as well as the foy boat “Joan” and the salmon fishing boat “Springtide”
Here are some pictures of our brief visit:

north east maritime trust

The front of Fisherman’s Workshops, Wapping Street, South Shields, where the NEMT is based. You can pay a visit on Tuesdays Wednesdays and Saturdays between 9.00am and 4.00pm: Give them a call on 0191 529 5381 to arrange.

Inside the front door – The ‘museum’ part of the project, filled with countless artifacts and interesting maritime bits and pieces.

Lifeboat Henry Frederick Swan undergoing restoration

This is the lifeboat “Henry Frederick Swan”, built by SE Saunders on the Isle of Wight in 1918 at a cost of £6,901. She arrived at the Tynemouth Lifeboat Satation on 16th February 1918, taking over from the lifeboat “Henry Vernon”. The HFS was in service then until 1939, and again from 1941-1947.

foy boat Joan
foy boat Joan

The Foy Boat “Joy” which is undergoing restoration. This is the last of the wooden foy boats and is owned by the West Family.

Springtime salmon fishing boat undergoing restoration

And here is the “Springtide”, a salmon fishing boat from Whitburn, which has been donated to the trust for restoration.

Go and visit the fellas down there if you get the chance, they’re doing good and important work, and all voluntarily. They’re struggling for funds, please put your hand in your pocket if you can help!
We’re going back next week with a video camera, there are too many stories to be told here.

Update: We went back with the camera, here is that video!