Built in Amble in 1929, GLAD TIDINGS is a Seahouses fishing and tripping coble in the form of a motor-sailer, with the sail retained for safety reasons. The boat was used extensively for crab and lobster potting during the summer and long-lining for cod in the winter. Pots were set around the Farne Islands and cod were sought up to two hours off-shore. After the Second World War, GLAD TIDINGS was used increasingly for taking day-trippers out to the Farne Islands. In 1958, she collected The Queen from the royal yacht BRITANNIA to view and photograph the wildlife of the Farnes, and she carried The Queen Mother on a similar trip in 1962. By 1975, her maximum licence limit of twelve persons had made her uneconomic, since her owners, the Shiels family, were also able to run two larger capacity craft. GLAD TIDINGS went to Tyne and Wear Museums on loan in 1976.
Since 2016 her owner has extensively replaced the majority of the internal frames, stem, apron and below waterline planking. With a new keel section, timber floors and keelson her hog has been removed. She was recaulked below the waterline and is now floating once again and ready for further restoration.
This vessel is being considered for sale.
A Sustainability Grant of £1,000 towards the cost of survey/maintenance was made from the Strategic Development Fund of National Historic Ships UK
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