Build date uncertain: 1799 -1870. If constructed in 1870 (latest construction date) this would seem to make her the earliest surviving ferry boat in the UK. If the 1799 date is correct, she would be the earliest-surviving public-service boat in the UK. Rowing ferry-boat used as the link to Belle Isle. MARY ANNE was recovered by a team of divers in 1978, and was displayed outside as an exhibit at the former Steam Boat Museum until 2007 approximately. Decades spent in Lake Windermere and then constant exposure to weather conditions had caused the boat to deteriorate. She was collapsing under her own weight.
2014: In order to buy time a programme of stabilisation and recording was developed and implemented:
- Initially this included straps to prevent the port and starboard freeboard falling outwards, removal of heavy oar riggers, and creating a timber framed tarpaulin over the boat.
- The boat was so collapsed and out of shaped that there were only two stations, (the transom and one close to the bow) that could be used to take the lines using traditional lofting techniques. A method of recording was required that could capture fabric details and shape before any interventions were made. For this reason, photogrammetry was chosen. This allowed a record of the shape to be made in collapsed condition.
Photogrammetry whilst well established in the heritage field, has in this case employed an aspect possibly a first in the field of conserving historic vessels. The CAD model was superimposed onto Victorian photographs allowing re-fairing to more closely match original shape. This accuracy could not be achieved from lines taken from a vessel in collapsed condition. Using an accurate 3D model, faired from historic photos, has allowed design of a support cradle providing a means to remedy a hull collapsing under its own weight, without any loss of fabric. Significance is retained.
2019: MARY ANNE is now awaiting further conservation, but is stabilised and exhibited under a building overhang, out of the weather.
Raised from Lake Windermere by team of divers
On display at former Steamboat Museum, Windermere
A conservation programme for Mary Anne included the use of photogrammetry to build a cradle and support the vessel
March 2019 -
March 2019, MARY ANNE is now awaiting further conservation, but is stabilised and exhibited under a building overhang, out of the weather, at the new Lakeland Arts Windermere Jetty Museum of Boats, Steam and Stories.
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