Historic pilot cutter Olga
10 July 2012
The historic Bristol Channel pilot cutter and National Historic Fleet vessel, Olga, is now back home after the major restoration which has returned the boat to its original glory.
Drawings and specifications from 1909 were used to design the galley, saloon and sleeping accommodation. The work was carried out at T Nielsen, the specialist shipyard in Gloucester.
A grant towards Olga's conservation was also received from DCMS through tthe Museums, Libraries and Archives PRISM foundation.
Graham Thomas, Swansea Council cabinet member for culture, recreation and tourism, said: "It's our intention to start running trips and sailing classes for disadvantaged children aboard Olga from the early summer before opening up the opportunity to the wider community."
Olga is moored at Swansea Museum's pontoon in the Marina, which will be open to the public over Bank Holiday weekends and throughout July and August.
Swansea Museum is now interested in hearing from volunteers who may have the skills and experience to help crew the vessel. Trips along the Gower coast and further afield will be announced later in the summer.
This item was taken from mht wales news Spring 2012