BBC filming for the Antiques Road Trip

Today (Sunday 13-September) we had the pleasure of welcoming a film crew both on board Henry Frederick Swan and at the Wapping Street workshop to record the importance of South Shields invention of the lifeboat.

The first ever purpose built lifeboat called ‘Original’ and later ‘Tyne’ lifeboat were discussed at the Woodhave and Greathead Monument by Stephen Landells, Hisorian and Author, who gave a great show while under pressure.

We then moved to the workshop where the story continued and an example of practical techniques was given by Paul Nicholson on the 1886 Bedford pulling lifeboat, currently undergoing careful restoration.

Finally we end the day on Henry Frederick Swan with a sail past the new Tynemouth lifeboat.

The day was windy and rather lumpy for filming but all went well.

Dave Parker (skipper) does a canny job here!

Many thanks go to all concerned on the day
without you non of this could have taken place:

Guy Linkletter, John Oaks, Steve Landells, Paul Nicholson and Dave Parker of course.

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Royal Diadem 11

RD11 has been in the NEMT Boat Shed for ten days (while the weather has been so uncooperative for sailing) for some updating and repairs. But yesterday 1st September she was successfully slipped back into the water and it was a beautiful day too.

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Bedford Lifeboat

Good progress is being made on the 1886 Bedford Lifeboat.

A great deal of work is being done even durring Covid19 restrictions with painting and restoration of the ‘little ships’ woodwork.

Here’s Stan and Alan who have just cut, shaped and fitted an oak rib into place near the stern and it looks good for at least another hundred years!

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