Saturday, October 6, 2012
A crisp blue sky and bright sunshine provided the perfect backdrop for the departure of Great Yarmouth’s historic floating landmark the Lydia Eva.
The iconic green ship left its summer mooring on South Quay this morning (Saturday) and puffed off to her winter berth in Lowestoft.
Volunteers were busy on board the unique craft getting her fire stoked as a small crowd gathered to wave her off. Cameras flashed as her moorings were cast off and with a loud blast on her whistle she steamed off towards Yarmouth’s outer harbour.
A crew of 14 were on board for the leisurely journey to Lowestoft, which took around four hours as volunteers had to wait for the right tide to safely steer the vessel into port.
The Lydia Eva is the world’s last remaining steam drifter, built in 1930, and has been preserved by a band of seafaring volunteers as a floating museum.
Annually she makes the journey across the border to Lowestoft to be receive some TLC over winter, before returning to Yarmouth in the spring.
Tony Furlong-Osborne, ship manager, said it was “fantastic” to see her under steam.
“We usually get a few people waving her off and people love seeing her come back, including the harbour master,” he added. “We take her to Lowestoft where she berths for maintenance.
“She gets new paint and we check the valves, bearings, engine room and oil level but with a ship that old it (maintenance work) never stops.”
After undergoing her annual overhaul she will return to Yarmouth in ship shape fashion to welcome visitors on board, and take a lucky few on a few scheduled trips out to sea.
● To find out more about the Lydia Eva visit www.lydiaeva.org.uk