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Sunderland's Pilot Vessel "MV Wearmouth"

Funded on Spacehive 4 January 2023

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Sunderland's Pilot Vessel "MV Wearmouth"

Sunderland's Pilot Vessel "MV Wearmouth"

Sunderland Maritime Heritage By Sunderland Maritime Heritage

To bring Motor Vessel Wearmouth, the last wooden River Wear Pilot boat back to Sunderland, where she served as a Pilot Boat for 40 years

Sunderland Delivery stage

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This project was funded on 04 Jan 2023!

MV Wearmouth is currently stored in North Wales where she has been deteriorating for 5 years. The project is to recover her to Sunderland by road transport so that SMH can restore her to seaworthy condition. She has a long River Wear history and was a familiar sight on the river during her working days.

What we'll deliver:

  • Delivery of MV Wearmouth back to Sunderland
  • Posters on the boat during transport will advertise Sunderland and its Maritime Heritage
  • After restoration our plan is to use her for river trips to show folk the scale of Sunderlands shipbuilding past

Why it's a great idea:

We intend to bring an historically significant boat back to its place of work and engage in the restoration of its hull, deckhouse, electrics and engine. This will be done by our enthusiastic band of older Volunteers whose skills include all those required to achieve the restoration. In addition, she will provide interest and activity for our cadre of Volunteers with Learning difficulties, Autism and Dementia. We intend to engage with the local Sea Cadets and University students to assist in the restoration and provide them with real-life practical skills. Ultimately we will provide trips on the River Wear to the general public and provide increased visibility of Sunderland and its shipbuilding history particularly to area visitors

Steps to get it done:

  • Cutting deckhouse down to allow boat under Motorway bridges + other prep
  • Loading of boat onto lorry in N Wales
  • Loading and transport of boat by lorry
  • Arrival and unloading of the boat in Sunderland

Sunderland Maritime Heritage operates from its Church St centre on Mon, Wed and Friday each week 10.00 to 14.00. We aim to preserve and maintain the history of River Wear shipbuilding while providing meaningful work for our 100% Volunteer workforce. Sunderland at one time was the biggest shipbuilding town in the world.

Location Sunderland

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Sunderland City Council

How will the money be spent?Total £6,904

Lorry transport of boat to Sunderland - £2,940 (43%)
Contribution to SMH core costs - £1,100 (16%)
Crane boat off lorry transport - £800 (12%)
Project Management - £550 (8%)
Visit to N Wales to conclude purchase and cut deckhouse down to fit under road bridgesto - £500 (7%)
Visit to N Wales to assist with loading Wearmouth on lorry - £300 (4%)
Crane boat onto lorry transport - £238 (3%)
Other - £476 (7%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. These costs have been confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified.

Lorry transport of boat to Sunderland
Contribution to SMH core costs
Crane boat off lorry transport
Project Management
Visit to N Wales to conclude purchase and cut deckhouse down to fit under road bridgesto
Visit to N Wales to assist with loading Wearmouth on lorry
Crane boat onto lorry transport
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  • Spacehive fees
  • VAT
  • Transaction fees


This project is enabled for overfunding. If the project hits its funding goal before the end of the campaign period, any extra funds raised will be spent (in order of priority) on:

  • Continue the Preservation and Restoration of MV Wearmouth

Total £6,904

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