Second World War search and rescue boat to be restored by Skegness family
A SECOND World War search and rescue boat could be restored to its former glory thanks to a Skegness family.
The Bradfords bought the 1937 Framar boat without realising its important history and now want to restore it to its original features.
The family held a fundraising event at the Seathorne Pub in Winthorpe to gather more interest.
They want people who share an interest in preserving the boat's history to become 'Friends of the Framar' and help sponsor it.
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David Bradford said: "We bought the boat last year after feeling sorry for it as it was in a derelict state.
We've restored it as much as we can and have been up and down the Witham on it. We did not realise what we had bought until we discovered it was a former search and rescue boat used on the Thames.
"We have done as much as we can with restoring it and we hope that we can put a full committee together so that we can apply for grant funding to help preserve the boat and add even more history to it.
"It played a very important role and we believe it has national interest."
It was while in Lincoln on a boat trip that the family first started to learn about some of its history when a passer-by recognised the boat.
This inspired them to learn more about the history ,especially as they discovered it had survived the brunt of the Second World War and had been loved by generations of owners.
Now moored in Boston, the Framar was built by James Taylor and Bates Ltd in Chertsey as a gentleman's river cruiser.
It is now registered with the National Historic Ships Association.
If you can help piece together the history of the boat, particularly during the war, or would like to become a 'Friend of the Framar, contact David on 07835 301423.
To read a blog about the boat, visit http://ourlittleship.blogspot.co.uk/