Rare lady of the seas nets cheque for £20,000 repairs

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A SOCIETY working to preserve a piece of East Coast maritime history will hand over a cheque for £20,000 today to renovate a historic sailing coble.

The Three Brothers celebrated its centenary this year but was unable to sail because it needs repairs.

The Bridlington Sailing Coble Preservation Society will be handing the cheque to owners Bridlington Harbour Commissioners, who are undertaking the work.

The money, which has been gathering in the Society’s bank account, will pay for new timbers, with the commissioners seeking a grant from the Fisheries Local Action Group.

Staff from the harbour and volunteers will work on the project, which will be led by well-known boat builders John Clarkson, from Bridlington and Jo Gelsthorp, from Hornsea.

The society’s treasurer, Mike Wilson, said: “Everyone in the society has accepted that the money in the bank is really for the Three Brothers. John Clarkson said he’d like to do the boat now he has retired. We are hoping he will add his expertise, added to other people who can lend a hand.”

Harbour Commissioners’ chairman George Traves confirmed they were going to keep the work in Bridlington, and added: “We are going to be get it into the shed and will be taking it off plank by plank - quite a lot of the timbers will need replacing. It is all specialist work - we do have someone from Belgium who has offered to come for 12 weeks as a volunteer.”

The 40ft boat, which was constructed by father and son Baker and Percy Siddall in 1912, was built to go into and out of the mud-bottomed harbour.