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.