Baden Powell returns to King’s Lynn for summer river trips

The Baden Powell sailing on the river in King's Lynn. Picture: Ian Burt

The Baden Powell sailing on the river in King's Lynn. Picture: Ian Burt

Volunteers are preparing a historic fishing boat ready for summer trips on the Ouse and The Wash.

Having been under maintenance care in King’s Lynn Docks during the winter, the cockling boat Baden Powell returns to her summer mooring on the South Quay pontoons on Wednesday, March 14, at about 4.30pm.

The following week she will be getting dressed in public with a new set of replica sails made in the traditional way by Steven Hall in his sailmaker’s loft on the River Blackwater at Tollesbury in Essex.

Volunteers have been making the ropes and blocks that will enable the crew to set her sails to the wind for some part of the trips, so that passengers will be able to experience how the first owners, the Cook family, sailed the boat on her first cockling trips in 1900.

Not until the 1930s did Baden Powell’s skippers have the great advantage of being able to switch on a diesel engine to get the boat out and back reliably when the weather would have made a trip under sail difficult or impossible.

The Baden Powell website will soon be ready to take bookings for trips.

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