Press Release 3
Maritime group wins vital cash
By Paul Myles-Kelly
A PROJECT to conserve historic north east maritime vessels has received a “kick start” after winning vital grant aid.
The North East Maritime Trust, based in Wapping Street, South Shields, is among 116 schemes in the region sharing grants worth £684,591 in the latest round of the Lottery’s Awards for All programme.
Awards for All is the small grants scheme administered by the Big Lottery Fund.
The scheme makes awards of between £300 and £10,000 to voluntary organisations.
The Trust, a maritime history group, set up in
2005, receives £7,460 for tools and equipment that will enable it to undertake the restoration of an historic lifeboat, the Henry Frederick Swan.
It worked the Tyne for more than 40 years, and was one of the first self-righting lifeboats.
Alec Renwick, secretary of the Trust, said: “This fund will let us buy tools and safety equipment. This has given us a kick start to help us increase recognition for the area’s maritime history.
“It’s about stepping back in time to look at ship and boat building.”
The Trust building is open on Wednesday, from 10am to 3pm.