An update on our project The George Elmy.
beginning of May we have been trying to return the George Elmy
Seaham Town Council were informed of the impending sale of the
George Elmy and given every
opportunity to purchase
but failed to do so. With the backing of Seaham Heritage Group, (the
earthbound arm of East-Durham.co.uk) and a loan from Tommy Smith, I
decided to go ahead with the purchase of the lifeboat which had
played such a huge if sad part in the history of our town.
On the 11th May
made contact with Mr Gerry Hillman of Ambenwood, Exmouth and agreed
a price of
one thousand nine hundred pounds for the supply and delivery of
the George Elmy. This we thought a very good offer and proceeded
with the purchase. The
lifeboat was delivered to Seaham at 5.40
pm on Friday 15th of May, much to the delight of ourselves and the
many Seaham people who turned out for the occasion.
With donations from Seaham Coast Guard, East Durham Heritage Group,
expats from America and France plus donations left by members of the
public of Seaham at Meat Mart and Brooks Fish shop in Church Street
we have reached approximately
of our target.
Many thanks to the people of SEAHAM.
We have also held talks with Lisa Jordan, Regeneration
Co-Coordinator; Lynsey Garraghan,
Community Officer; Niall Benson,
Heritage Coast Project Officer and Norman Conn,
North Dock Development Officer. All of these people have given sound
advice and help, for which we thank them very much.
Last but not least we owe a massive thank you to Seaham Harbour Dock
Company for allowing us to have the use of the space to store the
We hope to publish an update every week so please
watch this space.
We have started on a long journey with this project but with the
help and support of the townspeople of Seaham we hope to have it
completed before November 2012.
We hope to publish an update every week so please watch this space.
Brian Scollen for East Durham Heritage Group
Donations have been received from
Seaham Coast Guard
Alan and Irene Marlborough
Deneside Friends Club Mrs E. Smith.
Deneside Workmen's Club
East Durham Heritage Group
Plus donations left by members of the public of Seaham at MeatMart
and Brooks Fish shop in Church Street
Please donate to the George Elmy Restoration Fund
(East-Durham Heritage Group)
would be greatly appreciated
Let us know if you don't want your name on
the list above
Pictures of The George Elmy file size 2.3mb
Pictures of The Lifeboat house
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