It has been a while since sizeable ships used to dock at Woodbridge quay - but now Thames lighter is set to help the award-winning boatyard with its increasing workload.

The 'Lasher' barge docking in at Woodbridge, after travelling down from the River Thames. Picture: CHARMAIN BERRY
The 'Lasher' barge docking in at Woodbridge, after travelling down from the River Thames. Picture: CHARMAIN BERRY

Crowds gathered on Sunday afternoon to watch as a new floating workshop in the form of a converted Thames Lighter, named ‘Lasher’, docked at Woodbridge riverfront.

Her arrival is the first step of a new project to expand the working space at the historic Woodbridge Boatyard, formerly known as Everson & Sons Ltd.

The river shed dates back to 1912 and has a long history of being a working port, with barges coming to the coal yard for many years.

With the team of boatbuilders, engineers, riggers, finishers and yardhands growing to keep up with the increasing workload of boat restoration, repair, maintenance and storage, the boatyard’s solution was to create a floating workshop on the River Deben.

The barge will make a significant impact on the Woodbridge river frontage and no doubt will be quite a tourist attraction. Picture: DAVID KEEBLE
The barge will make a significant impact on the Woodbridge river frontage and no doubt will be quite a tourist attraction. Picture: DAVID KEEBLE

News item taken from the East Anglian Daily Times, 24th August 2020 eadt.co.uk

Find out more about the Woodbridge Boatyard, one of our Shipshape Network East Projects here.

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