Disaster lifeboat will sail once more

SHIP SHAPE ... the restoration of the George Elmy lifeboat at Fred Crowell's boatyard in South Shields.

SHIP SHAPE ... the restoration of the George Elmy lifeboat at Fred Crowell's boatyard in South Shields.

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CRAFTSmen in South Tyneside are well on the way to restoring a tragic part of the North East’s maritime history.

The lifeboat George Elmy is being returned to its original condition as part of a project by the East Durham Heritage Group, which bought it after it was sold on eBay in 2009.

LOOKING GOOD ... Bill Coates polishing the new brass fittings on the Geroge Elmy lifeboat.

LOOKING GOOD ... Bill Coates polishing the new brass fittings on the Geroge Elmy lifeboat.

The boat was used by Seaham’s RNLI crew when it was called to rescue the crew of a fishing coble which had got into trouble on Saturday, November 17, 1962.

 

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