A ship made from recycled parts is the latest addition to this year’s Great Yarmouth Maritime Festival

The George Stephenson steam ship is built completely from recycled or salvaged parts. Picture: @AJBC

The George Stephenson steam ship is built completely from recycled or salvaged parts. Picture: @AJBC_1 - Credit: @AJBC_1

An unusual steam ship will be docking into Great Yarmouth's South Quay for the annual Maritime Festival.

The festival is part of a drive to attract visitors and spending to the area.

Now in its 18th year, a new ship will be joining in and Visitors will be able to take a look inside her for this year's festival when it opens its doors on September 9 and 10.

The George Stephenson has been built using recycled or salvaged parts from other vessels and buildings and it has been constructed using both traditional and modern engineering techniques.

Some pieces have been taken directly from other ships and boats, while other parts are raw materials.


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Each section of the ship has been planned and constructed by Dutch businessman Servatius Strik who has packed it with historic treasures, both externally and internally.

The keel was laid in 2006 but it wasn't completed until 2014 while Mr Strik sourced for the perfect materials.

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The propellers come from a smelted down screw of the former French Navy aircraft carrier Clemenceau and the doors are from the RMS Windsor Castle.

The teak decks originate from an Indian school building, built in Bombay in 1888, while the cabin boasts a radiator salvaged from a 1920 French fishing vessel.

Other hidden treasures of the ship include the timber panelling from the doors of a former defence department building in Paris, a steam whistle from a tug in New York and a bronze anchor chain from a 1952 English Ham class mine sweeper.

The two engine rooms will be on show for visitors to admire.

One of them houses an eight cylinder Gardner diesel engine that was built in 1976.

Alan Goodchild, managing director of Goodchild Marine at Burgh Castle, said he was looking forward to seeing how the George Stephenson had been constructed.

'I'm absolutely intrigued because the owner has brought together all sorts of different components from various eras.

'It is always a challenge building a boat from scratch so I'm excited to see how all the materials complement each other.

'It's clear there has been a lot of time and effort taken into getting the design and build completely right.'

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