Thursday, February 19, 2009

EDP24 - Iconic wherry Albion to sail again

"At 111 years old, the wherry Albion could be excused for showing the effects of decades being exposed to the elements, but now the grand old lady of the Broads is set to enjoy a new lease of life.

A winter makeover at the Excelsior Yard in Oulton Broad, where she was built in 1898, is now complete and she has returned to her based in Ludham, ready to offer people the chance for a nostalgia-filled trip on the Broads.

Norfolk Wherry Trust, which maintains and sails Albion, has spent �70,000 on replacing her keel and rotting timbers over the past two winters.

Roger Watts, the trust's project co-ordinator, said: “This is the biggest job we have ever had to undertake and we are still not finished."

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