Last surviving steam drifter safely sails from Lowestoft to Great Yarmouth

The world's last surviving herring drifter has sailed back to her hometown ready for the summer season.

The Lydia Eva, a 90-year-old steam drifter, has spent the winter moored in Lowestoft.

But today, as a crowd watched from the harbour, she made the trip safely back to her home moorings in Great Yarmouth.

While she was hibernating, engineers from Smalls & Co carried out a raft of maintenance jobs and the ship is now looking her best.

When the Lydia Eva was dry docked in Lowestoft back in 2000, volunteers who campaigned to bring her home discovered that parts of the ship's hull had rusted away so badly that it was not safe to put her on display. Major repairs went ahead thanks to a �750,000 Heritage Lottery Fund grant and now, in her home port, the famous floating museum is visited by thousands of people every year.

• For information on visiting the Lydia Eva call Dona Watson on 07901 915390 or visit www.lydiaeva.org.uk

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