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Historic vessel needs new mooring site

PUBLISHED: 15:07 23 April 2008 | UPDATED: 20:13 05 July 2010

She is the last remaining steam drifter of a once majestic fleet, but now the historic Lydia Eva fishing craft could leave her home town of Lowestoft for good if a mooring site cannot be found.

She is the last remaining steam drifter of a once majestic fleet, but now the historic Lydia Eva fishing craft could leave her home town of Lowestoft for good if a mooring site cannot be found.

The floating museum, which has just undergone major refurbishment, is a popular tourist attraction but could be permanently based in another location if a new home does not become available. The Lydia Eva and Mincarlo Trust has raised more than £1m to bring the two ships back to their former glory, with a bulk of the total coming from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The Mincarlo is the last surviving fishing vessel with an engine made in Lowestoft. Both ships are based in Lake Lothing, but will be forced to move due to waterfront regeneration plans.

The Mincarlo has remained open to visitors but the Lydia Eva, which is about four months away from completion, has not been open since 1999 due to the renovation work. Both ships attract about 30,000 visitors a year.

Christine Monkhouse, treasurer for the trust, said: “What the trust ideally needs is 120 feet of quay heading, with permission to moor two ships alongside each other, land extending back from this for about 80 feet, access for cars and buses for school visits and permission to put up well-designed, purpose-built buildings for meetings and maintenance.”

It is hoped that in the future the trust will also have a mooring site in Yarmouth.

If you can help, contact the trust on 01502 565234.

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