Lydia Eva open weekend

More than 50 people visited the Lydia Eva during her first open weekend, delighting the small band of determined volunteers who rescued her from oblivion.

More than 50 people visited the Lydia Eva during her first open weekend, delighting the small band of determined volunteers who rescued her from oblivion.

A decade ago the world's last remaining steam drifter faced ruin but in stark contrast she has become a floating museum and venue for an impromptu mardle about the way things were.

She opened to the public on Saturday after years of rallying support and money, adding another - very visual - attraction to the South Quay heritage quarter.

Dona Watson, trustee for the organisation that cares for the Lydia Eva and Lowestoft-based Mincarlo, said: “It went really well and we had lots of interesting people in, including one of the old boys from her sister ship. He was brilliant and told all kinds of tales about how things were. We had about 50 both days which was great considering it was sunny beach weather.”

The vessel is open every day from 10am to 4pm excluding Fridays. Entry is free although donations are invited.

Although a core volunteer staff of guides and helpers has come together well more are always needed.