December 13 2013 Latest news:
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
A nomadic fishing boat owned by legendary lifeboatman Henry Blogg could sail to another home.
The QJ and J is currently based at the International Boatbuilding Training College at Lowestoft, but has to move because the site is set to be developed.
The news raised the prospect of the historic boat being broken up if a new base could not be found. Last month, the North Norfolk News put out an appeal to people or businesses to provide a new, temporary home for the vessel.
At Monday’s Cromer Town Council, clerk Julie Chance said they were “inundated” with offers, and thanked the News for its help.
She added: “One of the partners in the Fisheries Local Action Group is a Stiffkey boat restoration firm, which has offered to put the boat up and consider refurbishing it for us.”
Councillors hope it will be a temporary solution as try to raise £50,000 to restore it and establish it beside the old lifeboat house at the bottom of The Gangway at Cromer.
The QJ and J was used by Mr Blogg for crab fishing. He was Cromer coxswain for 38 of his 53 years’ service.
It has been looked after by Jim Lingwood, on land between Sheringham and Weybourne, then by the late former Cromer lifeboat coxswain Richard Davies. In 2008, it moved to Lowestoft.
In 2008, the town council was close to realising its dream of refurbishing and displaying the boat in Cromer.
It thought it had secured £17,730 from Prism, which was to go alongside £10,000 of council cash and other donations to go towards the expected £35,720 cost. But the funding was not forthcoming because of disagreement about how best to store the boat, and the scheme was put on hold.