NEMT has what is believed to be the last remaining traditional boatyard along the entire NE coast between Amble and Whitby. This includes The Boat Shed next door to our Wapping Street workshop in South Shields NE33 1LQ. The shed had been run by boat builder Fred Crowell for over 25 years and has been leased by NEMT following his retirement. The shed has a slipway into the Tyne, allowing boats to be winched in and out of the river for maintenance and repair. This valuable facility previously not available to the trust gives us the opportunity to increase our capacity to maintain wooden boats and offer traditional boat building skills to people who are interested.
This relic of a bygone era, which is now so valuable to NEMT and its members, offers a great boat repair facility.
After many years of neglect half of the leaking roof has been replaced which is fantastic, but the other (eastern) half needs to be replaced. North East Maritime Trust has launched an appeal to raise £14,000; part of which they hope will be raised by community donations. We are hoping to have this completed as a matter of urgency to prevent further deterioration.
Any help or donation will be really appreciated.