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Byline: By Lisa Hutchinson

Lifeboat restored

A battered old survivor of the Tyne's maritime tradition is being brought back to her former glory.

The lifeboat the Henry Frederick Swan is being restored by the North East Maritime Trust in South Shields.

She is recorded by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution as being the longest-serving lifeboat in the UK.

And with support from South Tyneside Council and the Barbour Trust, the restoration is taking place at premises in Wapping Street.

A group of helpers have stripped out and catalogued fittings and decking and trust secretary Alec Renwick said: "We heard the boat, which was privately owned, had to be sold and we managed to get the money to buy her."

The boat was built in the First World War on the Isle of Wight. She cost pounds 6,901 and was a gift from the widow of Henry Frederick Swan, a prominent in Tyne shipbuilding, and chairman of the Tynemouth RNLI.

Her first rescue was in 1920 when the steam trawler, the Current, ran aground on the Black Middens.

She eventually passed into the reserve fleet in 1939. If you are interested in becoming a Friend of the North East Maritime Trust, write to Robert Hunter, 2 Westoe Hall, Westoe Village, South Shields, NE33 3EG.
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Sep 25, 2006
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