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TS Lord Nelson moves from Norwich to Great Yarmouth

PUBLISHED: 12:38 24 June 2018 | UPDATED: 08:53 25 June 2018

The TS Lord Nelson being towed from Norwich to Great Yarmouth. Picture: Broads Authority

The TS Lord Nelson being towed from Norwich to Great Yarmouth. Picture: Broads Authority

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The largest boat to navigate the River Yare in 30 years has embarked on the voyage from Norwich to Great Yarmouth this morning.

The TS Lord Nelson on the Wensum in Norwich. Photo: Bill SmithThe TS Lord Nelson on the Wensum in Norwich. Photo: Bill Smith

The former Norwich Sea Cadets naval base TS Lord Nelson, or “big grey boat” was set to be scrapped but will now be turned into a community cafe on the River Deben in Woodbridge, Suffolk.

Today it has been accompanied by Broads Authority rangers being towed from its old home in Norwich to Yarmouth for maintenance, before putting down anchor across the border.

The plan is for the ship to be towed from its dock on the River Wensum to Martham Ferry Boat Yard in Great Yarmouth.

Once there it will be stripped and have the hull cleaned before making its way to the banks of the River Deben.

The cadets will be moving to the Territorial Army and Army Reserve Centre in Aylsham Road.

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