Celebrating a great 2019

After nearly fifteen years hard work, graft and planning from our incredible volunteers and friends for whom NEMT wouldn’t exist, Henry Frederick Swan is proven testament to the determination to just get a good job done.

At the start of North East Maritime Trust back in 2004/5 we needed a ‘project’, HFS fitted the bill. After transportation, two cranes, scaffolding poles as rollers and loads of sweat and yes blood too, it all started.

It’s worth saying that as volunteers came along most didn’t have the experience in boat building or repair that was needed, so on the job learning was the key. Same applies now, no experience, no worries! Just goes to show that you can teach an old dog new tricks!

Did we know what we were taking on, well no but would we have changed anything? definitely not.

Nearly fifteen years later on 20th April 2019 at exactly 15.00hrs (as planned) with TV coverage, over 100 guests, brass band and cheers; Henry Frederick Swan sails again.

——–From this in 2004/5 —————————— To this in 2019——-

Sea trials took place after rigging, added safety features, radio and GPS fittings etc. were completed. This sea trial was to Bridlington and a stop over at Whitby where we were made so welcome by both their RNLI and other historic boats were waiting for our arrival.

We finally moored up alongside; Old and New.

The Bridlington Coble Festival was a welcome addition as usual especially with Royal Diadem11 being transported there by trailer before our arrival. We motored into port on HFS with a moderate sea state on route from Whitby, which was just great and she handled all the conditions so well, which was also very reassuring.

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End of 2019

This site has been quiet for the last few months while the Trust sorts out some apparent errors that include the Website mailboxes.

For a site that basically holds history, the mailbox is a very important communication tool.
The existing but sometimes intermittent mailbox is:

we hope you will be patient while necessary updates are completed.

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New Gates

Sola Solve Marine helping us at NEMT with new gates

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AGM 2019 Agenda


The Annual General Meeting of the North East Maritime Trust shall take place on Saturday 12th October 2019 at 10.00am in the NEMT Workshop, Fishermen’s Units 2/3, Wapping Street, South Shields, NE33 1LQ.

The following business shall be undertaken:

  1. Consideration of the minutes of the Annual General Meeting of 14th July 2018.
  2. Report.
  3. Consideration of the Accounts for the financial year ended 30th September 2018.
  4. Election of Trustees.
  5. Any Other Business not requiring advance notice.

The Trustees retiring by rotation are:

A. Finnigan
J. Dudman

The above have declared their willingness to stand for re-election.

Nominations for election to the office of Trustee may be made by completing the Form A.

All members are entitled to vote at the meeting however those unable to attend may appoint a Proxy to act on their behalf by using the Form B.

Peter Weightman,
Secretary, North East Maritime Trust

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Quarterly Newsletters

Our quarterly newsletters are critical in giving important updates, stories and pictures of what we are up to.  At this point it’s worth saying that members get the latest newsletters immediately while on this Website it is next but one!

If you feel you can contribute to the newsletter in some way please send us a message on the Contact link provided.

As said membership is important to us and you are encouraged to apply, membership review meetings are usually held monthly so you won’t have to wait very long to be signed up.

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CKS – Notice

A reminder for those who are also members of the Coble and Keelboat Soc. Their AGM will take place on the 21st of October 2017 between 1pm and 5pm at the Duke of Cleveland pub on the Headland at Hartlepool. The Agenda will be attached to the September Coblegram.

Plus a little piece on Peggy from their August’s newsletter.

Paul Robinson’s work on the Coble Peggy


CKS member Paul Robinson, renowned for the quality of his sign writing on vessels of every sort, has put the final touches to the restoration of the coble Peggy at the North East Maritime Trust at South Shields.

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CKS Youtube Links

The editor of the the Coble and Keelboat pages has bought together some fishing interest Youtube videos in one place.

http://candks.pbworks.com/w/page/60543273/Youtube Links

Favourite and Rachel Douglas feature.

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Collection Policy

As well as adopting a Restoration Policy, the Trustees have recently adopted a Collection Policy. Here it is:

The Trust is always pleased to be offered items for addition to its collection. NEMT would love to be able to accept every offer but, unfortunately, the resources available are severely limited and every potential gift has to be assessed.The Trust is concerned that it must acquire and maintain its collection in a responsible manner. To ensure this the Trust has to:

1. Be sure that it can keep the items safe from theft, weather, fire.
2. Be able to protect the item for a long term of very many years.
3. Know that title (ownership) is with the Trust, or some other body or person – provided that if they retain title they guarantee and prove the item to be free from threat of destruction or damage or disposal to an insecure home.
4. Know that the item has relevance to the Trust’s core objectives which broadly relate to north east maritime heritage.
5. Know that through acquiring a particular item no future acquisitions will be threatened through space (and other resources) having been consumed by this item.
6. Be certain that the cost of acquiring and protecting an item is equitable to its importance.

In furtherance of the above the Trust will consider whether the protection given to any item offered to it, is sustainable; if not, the Trust will look at alternative options elsewhere and if none is available it may be necessary to reluctantly decline the acquisition of the item in question.

Once an item has been accepted into The Collection it must be recorded in an Acquisitions Register. Such register must record the following:

1. Name and address of donor or lender.
2. Any terms, covenants etc. applied by or through the donor or lender
3. Description.
4. Where stored.
5. Any protection and maintenance requirements.

In addition to the above, it is desirable to add an assessment of the item’s history/relevance/rarity/vulnerability/importance. It is also desirable to record any conservation/restoration undertaken.

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Where we’re at – Winter 2016

Dear NEMT member,

A key part of the trust being able to take our boats onto the water for trips on the river and further afield lies, of course, with the renovation and maintenance of our existing ‘fleet’.  As you will no doubt be aware, we have three major projects underway at the trust at present – each with a variety of demands on volunteer time and expertise.
1.  The lifeboat Henry Frederick Swan under the direction of Tim West has been our main project for several years now, and is beginning the final stages of what will be a fantastic and important piece of heritage restoration.  Several of you continue to work on her on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays and we are very hopeful of a launch date in 2017.
2.  Our boat-building classes are held on Monday and Thursday evenings and you may have seen progress recorded on our Facebook and Blogs.  The boarding boat ‘Cygnet’ is our first new-build and we have laid the keel and major stern pieces ready for a recently purchased Stuart Tuner engine to be fitted.
peggy16_11_13.  Finally we have taken the sailing coble ‘Peggy’ up the slipway into our boatyard for assessment and repair under the direction of Dave Parker.  She  is one of the oldest cobles still afloat and is in need of some timbers to be replaced before a complete repaint.  When finished she will again be a key asset and favourite among the public.  We intend to restore her to her previous glory, but as you can see she is in need of some urgent work.
If you are interested in working on any (or all) of these projects then please come down to the yard on Tuesday, Wednesday or Saturday for Henry Frederick Swan, Monday or Thursday evenings for ‘Cygnet’ and get in touch with myself or Dave Parker if you would like to help with the work on ‘Peggy’. 
For each of these projects it would be brilliant if you are a heritage boat building specialist, but if – like most of us –  you have few or no skills but an interest in learning and getting hands-on experience of a dying art, please get in touch or come down.  You’d be most welcome!

Best Regards
Jerry Dudman
Secretary NEMT

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