Historic steam leaves Great Yarmouth
9 October 2012
A crisp blue sky and bright sunshine provided the perfect backdrop for the departure of Great Yarmouth's historic floating landmark, National Historic Fleet vessel Lydia Eva.
The iconic green ship left its summer on South Quay this morning (Saturday) and puffed to her winter berth in Lowestoft, which took around four hours as volunteers had to wait for the right tide to safely steer the vessel into port.
The historic vessel has been preserved by a band of seafaring volunteers as a floating museum.
Annually she makes the journey across the border to Lowestoft to receive some TLC over the 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 scheduled trips out to sea.
For more information about the historic vessel, see her web entry here.
This item was taken from edp24.co.uk, 6 Oct 2012