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Historic sea rescue boat restored
Grace Darling coble
Little work has been done on the boat since it was built in the 1830s
The boat used by a Northumbrian heroine is being cleaned up before it is given pride of place in a new museum dedicated to her.

Grace Darling received national attention in 1838 when she rowed out to help survivors of the shipwrecked SS Forfarshire during a storm.

The coble used in the dramatic rescue now belongs to the RNLI.

It was displayed in the old museum in Bamburgh and will become the focal point of the new 1.4m building.

The "Grace Darling", as it became known, had been on show since 1938, but was never cleaned to museum conservation standards.

Dr Joanna Bellis, heritage manager at the RNLI, said: "We have to move all the exhibits from the museum before the redevelopment can get under way.

"So this was a good opportunity to carry out conservation work, give the coble a gentle clean and make sure there is no infestation.

"Apart from the removal of the mast and tiller, and the fact that someone painted the Grace Darling name on the coble, very little work has been done to it since it was originally built in the 1830s."

She added: "It has always been the main exhibit of the collection but in the new museum it will be a real focal point, much more accessible to visitors, and we are all very much looking forward to seeing it in its new home."


26 Nov 99 |  UK News

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