The Lydia Eva and Mincarlo Trust are looking for volunteers to help with their two historic vessels.

National Historic Fleet drifter Lydia Eva (1930) was the last vessel built by Hutchinson King’s Lynn Slipway Company.  She operated as a drifter until 1942, when requisitioned by the Admiralty and used as a mooring depot for the Air Ministry's Bombing and Gunnery School at Abersoch in Anglesey.  In 1972 she was acquired by the Maritime Trust for preservation, restored, and opened to the public at Great Yarmouth.  In 1995, the Lydia Eva & Mincarlo Trust bought Lydia Eva for one pound and restored her. 

Mincarlo, a side-fishing trawler, was built by Brooke Marine at Oulton Broad in 1962.  She is believed to be the last side winder fishing trawler to be built in Lowestoft, with immense importance to Lowestoft's Fishing Heritage and off shore oil industry history.  

Volunteers are needed to help open the boats to the public and occasionally operate them for special trips.  If you like meeting people you could be a visitor guide, if you like getting hands-on, you could help with vessel maintenance, or if you would like to help from home, the charity always needs volunteers to help with administration, fundraising, social media, etc. 

Current crew members range in age from late teens to people in their 80s, so everyone is welcome.  It doesn't matter if you can do only one shift every so often, we would be delighted to meet you. If you live near Great Yarmouth or Lowestoft and would like to get involved, feel free to contact us or just pop aboard and speak to us. 

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Job type Voluntary Remuneration Voluntary Job zone East