Search

Calling all mariners! Urgent appeal for Lydia Eva skipper

PUBLISHED: 14:03 05 June 2018 | UPDATED: 08:30 06 June 2018

Yarmouth Stream Driftter Lydia Eva takes to the sea for the first time in over two years for sea trials.
Picture: Nick Butcher

Yarmouth Stream Driftter Lydia Eva takes to the sea for the first time in over two years for sea trials. Picture: Nick Butcher

Archant © 2018

The guardians of an historic herring boat have issued an urgent appeal for a skipper.

Yarmouth Stream Driftter Lydia Eva takes to the sea for the first time in over two years for sea trials.
Crew member Ivor Halsey
Picture: Nick ButcherYarmouth Stream Driftter Lydia Eva takes to the sea for the first time in over two years for sea trials. Crew member Ivor Halsey Picture: Nick Butcher

Ruth Read, booking officer for the Lydia Eva, said a plan to take her out to sea during the Great Yarmouth air show could be sunk unless a replacement captain is found.

A clutch of dignitaries and paying guests are reportedly looking forward to enjoying the perfect vantage point on June 16 as planes roar over the sea.

Some have paid £195 for the privilege of viewing the spectacle from the world’s last remaining steam drifter away from the crowds.

However at the 11th hour the charity’s regular captain has had to pull out meaning the trip might not go ahead.

Yarmouth Stream Driftter Lydia Eva takes to the sea for the first time in over two years for sea trials.
Picture: Nick ButcherYarmouth Stream Driftter Lydia Eva takes to the sea for the first time in over two years for sea trials. Picture: Nick Butcher

Mrs Read said two sailings were scheduled on both June 16 and 17 to coincide with the town’s first air show.

They are the boat’s first public sailings for three years after a major boiler problem.

Thanks to a £25,000 donation from Henry Cator, High Steward of Great Yarmouth, the machinery has now been fixed and Mr Cator is among guests set to enjoy a steam-driven trip on the Saturday.

The stand-in skipper needed to have all the relevant qualifications, but there were no special licences needed to steer a vintage boat, she said.

The Lydia Eva, although more than 80 years old and still travelling under coal-powered smoky steam, did have modern gizmos and navigation aids common to most craft.

Passengers on the trip are offered the chance to steer and do some stoking.

“Hopefully there will be someone available for both days or maybe two people will come forward, one for each day,” Mrs Read said.

Thousands of people are expected to flock to the resort for the Haven Great Yarmouth Air Show on June 16 and 17.

It has been organised by the Greater Yarmouth Tourism and Business Improvement Area in its drive to bring more visitors and spending power to the area.

Show organisers are encouraging people to plan their journeys, leave the car at home if they can or to book now for parking and park and ride tickets.

To offer your services as a captain call Mrs Read on 01493 740760.

Click here to visit the air show website for more information on all the displays or travel details.

Related articles

Other News

Yesterday, 18:00

School trips usually involve taking children to see one of Shakespeare’s great plays or visiting a historic museum.

Yesterday, 17:15

A lifeboat has been called out to attend an injured crewman off the Norfolk coast.

Yesterday, 16:38

Tears of joy streamed down the face of staff members who watched the magical moment a woman, who was left paralysed by a stroke, stood on her own two feet for the first time in 15 years.

Plans for a former pub to be turned into a luxury tobacconist have been put under fire by a nearby health centre, with bosses arguing it would “give out entirely the wrong message”.

Most Read

Plans for a former pub to be turned into a luxury tobacconist have been put under fire by a nearby health centre, with bosses arguing it would “give out entirely the wrong message”.

Read more
NHS
Yesterday, 11:42

Would you like to play a major part in restoring one of Great Yarmouth’s most historic tourist attractions to its former glory?

Read more
Great Yarmouth Borough Council
Yesterday, 09:21

A joyrider was arrested after crashing into a traffic bollard - and was found to be more than three times the legal driving limit when police breathalysed him.

Read more
Great Yarmouth police
Yesterday, 18:00

School trips usually involve taking children to see one of Shakespeare’s great plays or visiting a historic museum.

Read more
Sunday, December 9, 2018

One Great Yarmouth home has fully embraced the Christmas spirit this year, all in the name of a good cause.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 8°C

min temp: 1°C

Hot Jobs

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the Great
Yarmouth Mercury

e-edition today

Subscribe

Newsletter Sign Up

Great Yarmouth Mercury weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy