Thursday, 11 February 2016

Ulverston ship reaches 100th birthday

AN historic boat which is Ulverston’s last remaining link to the town’s once-famous ship building industry is 100-years-old today.

STILL SAILING: Hearts Of Oak and in the foreground, the ship’s Trust chairwoman, Jennifer Snell

RMS Titanic sank just seven weeks before the Morecambe Bay prawner was launched at Canal Foot in Ulverston.

Hearts of Oak has survived two World Wars.

The 34-feet-vessel, easily identifiable by her white hull and red tan sails, will celebrate the landmark occasion with a sailing in Walney Channel at 3pm tomorrow.

She will then sail again in the channel at 3pm on Sunday, and members and friends of the Hearts of Oak Boat Trust will celebrate with a gathering at the Ship Inn on Piel Island.

The boat was restored to its former glory after the trust received a £49,500 Heritage Lottery grant in 2005.

She sailed back to Furness in 2008.

Trust chairwoman Jennifer Snell said: “It’s a landmark for a boat, most definitely, especially a wooden boat, because they deteriorate over the years, and it’s been a bit of a rollercoaster ride to get it this far. But it’s wonderful to see her sailing and looking as good as she was in 1912.’’

Hearts of Oak was the very last boat produced by the Ulverston shipbuilding industry. Jean Wharton, whose mother launched the boat in 1912, will be in attendance at Piel on Sunday and hopes to sail aboard the boat built for her grandfather Peter Butler, the former Over Sands Guide.

The vessel was later used as the Ulverston Ironworks pilot boat to guide large coasters to the ironworks pier to collect pig iron, before it left to work at Millom in 1938.

To celebrate the boat’s 100 years, Mrs Snell, of North Lonsdale Road, Ulverston, has produced a book titled Hearts of Oak – Ulverston’s Last Boat which can be purchased from Sutton’s Bookshop in Market Street, Ulverston, and from Mrs Snell.


Have your say

And least we forget Canada's S S Kyle too. And America's USS Texas, the battleship.

Posted by Steven W Lindsey on 29 June 2012 at 01:55

A Good Year for Shipbuilding.

Add yet another 100 year old vessel to this illustrious list.

Others include the Steam Launch Livingston, better known to movie goers as the African Queen. Now under restoration in Key Largo, Florida.

And the TSS Earnslaw in New Zealand. The oldest passenger steamer in the southern hemisphere.


Posted by Steven W Lindsey on 8 June 2012 at 16:57

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