Tim Kirton (left) and Peter Millward (right) onboard
The J. W. Archer in the South Bank yard of Millblast UK
The former Teesmouth and Amble lifeboat the "J.W.Archer, has on the 26th April 2011 been handed over to a charitable foundation to enable the restoration program to continue. The restoration is expected to take in excess of 2 years
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by Dave Robson, Evening Gazette Apr 28 2011
Efforts to restore an old Tees lifeboat are officially under way.
But lots of money is needed to make it fit to set sail again.
Since September, the South Bank yard of Millblast UK has been home to the J W Archer - the Teesmouth lifeboat from 1924-50 rescued from watery oblivion by lifeboat fan Tim Kirton and Teesside businessman Peter Millward. Last year Tim, a former Redcar RNLI crew member, launched an SOS in the Gazette for someone to help save the vessel after he found it languishing in Essex, and Mr Millward came to rescuethe row a registered charity has been formed to raise the money and organise the work, which will be largely done by young people
The J W Archer Lifeboat Foundation is spearheaded by Mr Millward’s partner Veronica Phillips, who runs the Millfill mobile food van, and Stockton chartered accountant Peter Cook. It was formally launched in a ceremony at Mr Millward’s yard on Middlesbrough Road East. But before work can begin in earnest, Lottery funding and financial support for local businesses is needed. Mr Cook, the foundation’s treasurer, explained: “The ultimate aim is to fully restore it for use as an educational vessel based at Middlehaven. “We want to restore it as it was originally, not as the hybrid 1960s fishing vessel it is now. “It will cost between £150,000 to £200,000 to restore it, but the time scale depends on getting fellow businesses involved and raising the funding, hopefully through the Heritage Lottery and avenues like that.” After handing over the boat, Mr Millward said: “It’s fantastic. It’s a great day for us and for the area.” And Middlesbrough Mayor Ray Mallon dropped in to stow praise on the project. He said: “It’s very important people get behind this and donate where they can.” To start the fund off, £1,000 was donated by the Teesmouth Lifeboat Supporters Association. Mr Kirton said: “I’m just extremely proud and privileged to have played a small part. I look forward to the day when I see her on the Tees.”
To help the project, call Mr Cook on 07939 503770