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J W Archer Story - 2

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Jul 28 2010 by Dave Robson, Evening Gazette

Call to save early RNLI motor lifeboat J. W. Archer

The J.W. Archer, which served at Teesmouth from 1924 to 1950, may be broken up for scrap unless a new home can be found for it within weeks.

Now lifeboat enthusiast Tim Kirton, once of Redcar but now based in the Scottish Borders, is appealing to the businesses and communities of Teesside to see if there is any interest in saving the old boat. One of the RNLI’s earliest motor lifeboats, when built she was seen as the most modern lifeboat in the world. She served with particular distinction during the Second World War After her sale from RNLI service in 1957, she became the fishing boat Brighter Hope, working out of Hartlepool for many years. Latterly she fished off the Essex coast and is now languishing there, covered in moss, weeds and flaky paint, at Barling Hall Creek. Tim, a former shore crew member of Redcar Lifeboat, said: “Cosmetically she looks shabby but structurally she appears to be sound. “Her owner ideally wants her to go to a good home where she will be restored. But if there is no interest, then she will have to be scrapped, which would be a real shame. “I wondered if anyone, from business or the community on Teesside, could help me to save her and bring her back to Teesside for restoration.”


Jul 28 2010 by Dave Robson, Evening Gazette

Call to save early RNLI motor lifeboat J. W. Archer

Tim’s vision is for the J. W. Archer to provide training and skills opportunities for local people.

He said: “I wondered if anyone would be interested in a project to establish a not-for-profit charitable trust to bring the J. W. Archer back to Teesside where she could be gradually restored to her original condition by volunteers, apprentices and trainees as part of an accredited training program at one of Teesside’s engineering firms. Restoration would probably provide two to three years’ work for a team of such trainees and volunteers. It would be an ideal project for local firms involved in joinery and engineering to get involved in.” Tim is no stranger to such a challenge, having saved and now owning a lifeboat which served at Redcar between 1965 and 1972, the Aguila Wren. He added: “There are funding opportunities for a project such as this but the urgent need right now is to secure the boat for a small sum reflecting her scrap value, haul her up to Teesside and place her in secure covered storage so she is saved from being scrapped. Then we can get a proposal together to restore her.” Tim believes it may be a contender for Heritage Lottery Fund or charitable trust funding, given its educational and public heritage aspects. After restoration, he says the boat could be used to train young Teesside people in sea skills and boat handling skills, do cruises along the Tees or be docked at Middlehaven. He added: “This will be J. W. Archer’s last chance to be saved. If this fails, it is very likely she will be scrapped within months.”


Aug 9 2010 by Sophie Barley, Evening Gazette

Old lifeboat to be restored to former glory

A crumbling lifeboat which sailed Teesside waters for decades is set to return and be restored to its former glory. The J. W. Archer, which served at Teesmouth from 1924 to 1950, has been rotting away in Essex for years and is in desperate need of saving. Last month lifeboat enthusiast Tim Kirton appealed to businesses and communities on Teesside to see if there was any interest in saving the old boat after he was told that it may be broken up for scrap unless a new home was found. He had an overwhelming response and a businessman in South Bank has offered to pay for the boats return. Tim, a former shore crew member of Redcar Lifeboat, said: This is fantastic news. A lot of former and current lifeboat crew members have contacted me about it. All going well it should be back on Teesside in the next week or so. It does look a bit shabby and needs a lot of work but the important thing is that lifeboats were built to last and luckily most of the equipment is still intact. Mr Kirton said he hopes the boat will be restored and then could be used for youngsters to train on.


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The J. W. Archer Returns to Teesside

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Oct 1 2010 by Dave Robson, Evening Gazette

Delight as former lifeboat returns to Teesside

A former Teesmouth lifeboat saved from the scrapyard has returned to its spiritual home.

The JW Archer is back on Teesside, with businessman Peter Millward aiming to restore it to its former glory. The Gazette told in July how the boat, which served at Teesmouth from 1924 to 1950, was set to be scrapped unless a new home could be found. Eager to preserve a piece of Teesside’s history, Peter, of shot blast and coating specialists Millblast UK Ltd, stepped in and arranged for it to be transported by road from its most recent home in Essex to his yard in South Bank. Peter now hopes apprentices - possibly from nearby TTE - can help restore it, with guidance from Teesmouth Lifeboat Association. And once it’s restored, he’d even like to see it teaching training skills to young people as part of Middlesbrough’s Middlehaven development. Peter, 41, began his firm in June 2001 after learning the trade from his father-in-law, John Phillips. His 17-year-old son, also called Peter, now works with Millblast, while wife Veronica is a director. And with blasting pontoons for the RNLI a large slice of Millblast’s work, Peter said it was natural to want to try and help save a lifeboat which did so much for Teesside. “I saw the story in the Gazette and was pretty disappointed how local businesses and multi-million pound companies didn’t want to know. So I bought the boat from the guy in Essex and asked companies I associate with for help.” With the likes of Richardsons Transport, Allied Signs, H and E Builders and Aveco Teesside all offering support, Peter arranged for the boat to make its journey on a Richardsons low loader.

And now it’s home, Peter can’t wait to get started.

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